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Mammoth Spring State Park

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1957 established. U.S. 63 at AR 9
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Revis Edmonds, photographer)

The town of Mammoth Spring was founded in 1883 at the head of Spring River and named for the underground spring that is the river’s source. In 1887 a limestone dam was built to control the flow of the spring—Arkansas’s largest spring—and a lake was created. These features form the core of the park, which also includes the remains of a mill powered by the flow of water over the dam and a hydroelectric plant built in 1925 (it closed in 1972). The park’s area encompasses the former Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad Depot (later the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway) of 1886. The red brick, hipped roof building now houses local historical artifacts.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Mammoth Spring State Park", [Mammoth Spring, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 80-81.

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