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Springdale Local History

For many decades Osage hunters, in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, had been coming into armed conflict with the Kadohadacho, the Quapaw and Europeans. As settlers moved into Missouri after the Louisiana Purchase, the Americans sought to limit their territory. In 1808, a treaty was negotiated in St. Louis by which the Osage agreed to give up their lands, east of a line extending south from their Missouri homes, to the Arkansas River. In Arkansas, the line passed near modern-day Springdale and intersected the river just east of Van Buren.

The treaty brought relative calm to northwestern Arkansas until the coming of the Cherokee. In 1809, President Thomas Jefferson offered the Cherokee a trade, for any land they would surrender in the eastern United States, they would receive an equal amount in Arkansas from the territory the Osage had vacated under the 1808 treaty.

In 1817, that arrangement became a new treaty assigning to the Cherokee lands located between the Arkansas and White rivers west of a line from near Morrilton on the Arkansas to near Batesville on the White. The treaty specified no western boundary, thus guaranteeing the Cherokee an outlet to unsettled territory.

Conflict between the Osage and Cherokee, which had been simmering, intensified after the treaty. A large engagement occurred in 1817 when the Cherokees raided an Osage village in northeastern Oklahoma while its warriors were away. Sixty-nine Osage were killed, 100 were taken prisoner. The Osage-Cherokee conflict led to the December 1817 founding of Fort Smith, a U.S. Army outpost charged with keeping peace between the two tribes. This area later became known as Springdale.

Springdale Attractions

Top Attractions

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad - Three train trips are available on this historic train: round trip from Springdale to historic Van Buren. These trips include a round trip from historic Van Buren to Winslow, an excursion from Springdale to Fort Smith, and a trip from Fort Smith to Winslow on Sundays. The Railroad is in operation April through September. Visitors will travel over trestles and through a tunnel in the Ozarks mountains, in beautifully restored turn-of-the-20th century train cars. Conductors are available for providing commentary on the area's history. This is a worthwhile activity when visiting Springdale, and is an experience that the entire family will enjoy. The Railroad is located at 306 East Emma, Springdale. Tel: 479/751-8600.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History - Established in 1968, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has become a cultural center for northwest Arkansas. This award-winning museum tells the story of the Arkansas Ozark region, with a modern exhibit hall and seven historic buildings on landscaped grounds. Building its exhibits and programs around a significant research library, and a collection that includes thousands of artifacts and 150,000 photographs illustrating Ozark life. Visitors can tour the facilities at their own self-guided pace, or join the special tours and programs offered by management, all free of charge. There is also a food service/picnic area available. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and admission is free. Located on 118 West Johnson Avenue, Springdale. Tel: 479/750-8165.

Craft Fairs - Visitors who enjoy arts and crafts, should make Springdale and northwest Arkansas their destination each October and May. More than 130,000 visitors converge on this area each fall for the War Eagle Fall Fair. The fall fair is held in mid-October while the first week in May is when spring fairs come to the area. To reach War Eagle by phone call 1-800-972-7261.

Pitch for the Cure, NIT Softball Tournament Pitch for the Cure softball tournament is presented by the Springdale Chicks and partnered by the Ozark Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This USSSA NIT tournament has a 3-game guarantee for girls' fastpitch brackets: 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U. It also offers games for women's slowpitch corporate/church teams. Besides tournament play, the weekend includes team contests, home run derby, vendors and an awesome silent auction. Join the tournament on June 23-25th, 2006 at J.B. Hunt Park in Springdale, AR for these great causes and a great time! http://www.pitchforthecure.org/
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Springdale Shopping

Shopping in Springdale - Ozark Center Point Place has more than 30 retailers in its corner at the intersection of I-540 and U.S. 412. Shoppers can find arts and crafts supplies, western furniture, clothing, shoes, candy, perfume, home decor - just to name a few. Ample free parking and a wide selection of stores and restaurants help make Ozark Center Point Place a perfect stop on any shopping excursion.

The historic business district, downtown Emma Avenue, boasts stores with great products and longstanding ties to Springdale. Layman's Furniture, Ryan's Clothing, Tatman's Jewelry, Bedford Camera and Video and Famous Hardware Antique Mall are among the most enduring Springdale retailers.

Just a few miles south of Springdale on U.S. 71B, a shopper can visit the Northwest Arkansas Mall, a truly contemporary, always expanding group of retail stores. The mall contains all the stores you will recognize and love, like Dillard's, JC Penny and Sears, plus the most popular contemporary retailers found throughout the country.

The largest candle store in the world is located just four miles west of the Ozark Center Point Place (I-540 and U.S. 412). With more than 88,000 square feet of candles, potpourri and gift ideas, Hanna's candle Factory Outlet is a must-see on any visit to Springdale. Bus tour and group visits are welcome and there's even a deli and coffee shop inside. Tel: 479/361-9425.

Springdale Activities

Jones Center for Families - This is a family center with an ice arena, indoor pools, gymnasium, fitness center, chapel auditorium; rooms for meetings, classes or workshops, and a computer center. Located at 922 East Emma Avenue. Tel: 479/756-8090.

Springdale Parks & Gardens

Murphy Park - This park is the oldest of the city's parks, located in the heart of the Springdale. New to the park is the Springdale Aquatic Park. Accompanying the Aquatic Park are several walking trails, picnic areas and play areas that the entire family will enjoy. The large shade trees enhance the parks beauty and keep visitors comfortable on hot simmer days. The park is also home to several geese and ducks that freely wander the area.

Aquatic Park - Thousands of families from across Northwest Arkansas make their way to the facility's multiple pools and slides each summer. A competitive swimming and diving pool, as well as a large play pool dominate the facility. Large twisting slides empty into the play pool, while two other areas are dedicated to the younger tots not quite ready for the open water. Tel: 479/750-7946.

Randal Tyson Park - The park is a 70-acre wonderland designed for baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and basketball. It is the primary site for youth and adult league games during the summer months. Four little league fields are fully equipped with lights and scoreboards, with two fields kept in championship shape for the many regional and national tournaments hosted at the complex. Adult softball fields are nearby, as are regulation baseball fields for older leagues. Randal Tyson Park is also home to the Springdale High Bulldog baseball team each spring. Soccer fields get use year round as do the lighted tennis courts just a stone's throw from nearby Helen Tyson Middle School. A large play area with basketball goals is adjacent to two different lighted pavilions, walking trail and a wooded field are perfect for a sunny afternoon stroll.

Grove Street Park - Grove Street Park is one of the city's oldest parks located near the growing residential areas east of the city's business district. The park is equipped with playground equipment for children, a community center, and baseball facilities.

J.B. Hunt Park - The park opened for business in 2001, walking and jogging trails enhance its natural beauty. This 105-acre tract in north Springdale is home for the city's girl softball leagues The park has lighted fields and concession stands to service the hundreds of families who spend countless summer nights there each year.

Springdale Restaurants and Bars

Arkansas restaurants serve heaping portions of Southern cuisine. In Springdale they do great barbecue, catfish and fried green tomatoes. There are just about as many different choices of BBQ in The Natural State, as there are trees in their National Forests. Arkansas barbecue can be hot or mild, tomato or mustard based, slightly sweet or mighty spicy.

Visitors can choose from pulled or chopped pork or beef and satisfying side dishes. Homemade yeast rolls and cornbread make a tasty accompaniment as does a frosty mug of iced tea or glass of Arkansas wine. Just be sure to save room for dessert and coffee or perhaps a specialty ale from an Arkansas micro brewery. In summer, the fruit pickings are plenty, with local strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, and plums ripening at dusty farm stands.

Springdale Restaurants

Spring Street Grill - The Grill has an on- and off-site catering service with a wide-ranging menu, including prime rib, barbecue brisket, chicken casserole, hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. They also have as most customer requests hors d'oeuvres, and buffet-style food available. The restaurant can handle up to 75 people for on-site dinner, and 120 standing guests. The Grill is located 101 North Spring Street, Springdale. Tel: 479/751-0323.

El Torro Mexican Restaurant - The restaurant offers a buffet and a set menu service. The menu is exclusively Mexican fare and visitors can prepare themselves for some real hot food. It has a seating capacity of 150 and there is a non-smoking area available . El Torro is located 2940 West Sunset Avenue, Springdale. Tel: 479/750-1844.

Mama Z's Cafe - Mama Z's is a cozy, family friendly eatery where visitors can find good food at fair prices. The cafe has a seating capacity of 100, and the menu includes Italian cuisine. The cafe is located 357 West Henri De Tonti Blvd, Springdale. Tel: 479/361-2750 or 479/361-2603.

Patrick's - For visitors with young children, this is an excellent choice in venue. Patrick's is a small restaurant with a seating capacity of 50. The menu features American cuisine and includes all time favourites like burgers, fries and fish. The restaurant is located on 3976 Elm Springs Road, Springdale. Tel: 479/751-9245.

Springdale children's activities

Jones Center for Families - This is a family center with an ice arena, indoor pools, gymnasium, fitness center, chapel auditorium; rooms for meetings, classes or workshops, and a computer center. Located at 922 East Emma Avenue. Tel: 479/756-8090.

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