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Only in Arkansas: Cadron Settlement Park

CONWAY, AR - Tucked away in a corner of Conway sits a small park with large roots in not only Arkansas but the United States.
CONWAY, AR - Tucked away in a corner of Conway sits a small park with large roots in not only Arkansas but the United States.

"We've had French, we've had Spanish. We've had Native American. We've had European, Anglo-European."

Director of the Faulkner County Museum Lynita Langley-Ware shares the rich history of the Cadron Settlement Park in Conway.

"We've had all these different cultures mixing and mingling at this place," says Lynita. Near the center of the state, Cadron Park has been the center of activity for thousands of years.

"This is one of the only places in the state of Arkansas where you can stand on a piece of ground where there have been 10,000 years worth of human activity on that site," says Lynita.

It's a scenic spot home of the Cadron Blockhouse, a replica of an 18th century structure used for defense and as a trading post. Cadron Park's name comes from describing the quarter circle that the Arkansas River winds through the area.

"It may just literally be where the river turns 90 degrees and flows in another direction," says Lynita. And as it turns out this spot nearly set the stage for the Arkansas legislature.

"It almost became the state capitol." Imagine how that could have changed the look of the state all together.

"By one vote the capitol was seated in Little Rock. I mean it came that close to being at Cadron," says Lynita. It's fair to say Cadron Settlement Park has enough to its' name that you'll find only in Arkansas.

"There's a lot of action in this little tiny space."
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