Boone County

Harrison, Bergman, Leadhill, Diamond City, Omaha

The story goes that in 1878 two watermelons bought the two votes that made Harrison the County Seat of Boone County, Arkansas. Named after General M. LaRue Harrison, the surveyor who was commissioned in 1869 to "lay out a town along Crooked Creek at Stiffler Springs," Harrison is now a thriving mountain city with a dedication to preserving its rich cultural and architectural heritage.

Baker Prairie - Located ten blocks west of the Courthouse Square, this 71 acres of tall grass prairie has never been disturbed by plow. Now part of the nature Conservancy, the Prairie abounds in native vegetation and animal life. Rare plants and animals and many species of birds and insects live in the tall grass of Baker's Prairie.

Boone County Historic Museum (in Harrison) - This three story museum houses one of the most impressive collections of historical artifacts in Arkansas. Families in the counties surrounding Harrison, some with roots back to territorial times, have donated priceless articles to this amazing museum. Don't plan on a quick tour through the many theme rooms in the Boone County Historic Museum. From music to medicine, each room contains so many wonderful collections, you will feel as if you lived through centuries of rich Ozark history when you tour this exceptional museum. Open: Tuesday through Saturday, May - October, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Nominal admission fee. Central and Cherry Streets in Harrision.

Boone County Historical & Railroad Society - The Society operates the Boone County Heritage Museum, publishes the Boone County Historian containing genealogical data and general Boone County area history and Oak Leaves reporting historical information about the Missouri and Arkansas Railroad. Annual and permanent memberships are available. Boone Co. Historical & Railroad Society, Inc. P.O. Box 1094, Harrison, Arkansas.

Harrison City Parks - The Minnie Harris and Crooked Creek Parks are two lovely city parks located two blocks south of the town square on Main Street. Walkways along the creek, picnic tables and playgrounds offer fun and relaxation for all. Stifflers Spring, located in the bend of Crooked, features resting benches and a sun dial. Sidewalks allow a stroll along the levee with relaxing views of the Spring and downtown Harrison. in these lovely parks along the banks of Crooked Creek.

Harrison Historic Cemeteries - Rose Hill Cemetery, located on Hwy. 7 a mile north from Historic Harrison Courthouse Square, is the oldest cemetery in Harrison, dating back to the 1870's. Maplewood Cemetery, located in northeast Harrison, is the showplace of the Ozarks in the fall. Maple trees in the cemetery grounds glow with red, orange and yellow leaves. Cemetery Index - An index to the cemeteries can be found at the Boone County Heritage Museum.

Harrison Town Square Special Events - Saturday nights in the beautiful Court park feature summer concerts on the Bandstand. Main Street Harrison also features year round special events and festivals including a magical Christmas Holiday lighting festival, the Arkansas Fiddler's Convention in March, the Heart of the Ozarks Arts & Crafts Show in April and October and the Bluegrass Festival the third full week-end in August.

Little Bell Wedding Chapel in Bellefonte - Hwy 4126/65 S at Bellefonte. Eloping couples travel to be married at "world famous" Little Bell Chapel. Open by appointment daily.

Lyric Theater in Harrison - This historic theater featured the first talky shown in Harrison in November 7, 1929. The theater, in Harrison's Downtown Square, is now home to live theatrical and musical performances.

Main Street Harrison Historic Walking Tour - Plan on spending a wonderful day exploring Harrison's Historic town Square, strolling through the lovely downtown parks and discovering the many historic and natural attractions of Harrison, the Crossroads of the Ozarks. Enjoy shopping at an original Ben Franklin store, clothing and shoe stores and Sims Drug located in Harrison's lovely town square. The historic Lyric theater, The Boone County Courthouse, built in 1909; The Old Boone County Jail, built in 1914; the Bank of America, where armed outlaw Henry Starr was shot and killed in 1921 in an attempted robbery; and the beautiful Hotel Seville with its magnificent Spanish/Moorish design are just a few of the wonderfully preserved sites you will visit on your tour of Main Street Harrison. Historic Walking Tour Guide is available.

100 Year Flood Mural - The Bank of America, on East Rush Avenue and Walnut Street, houses a mural depicting the May 7, 1969, 100 year flood that ravaged three-fourths of the town square and caused $5.4