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    Buffalo

    National River Arkansas

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History & Culture

black & white photo of Collier Homestead cabin with paling fence in foreground

Collier Homestead today

NPS photo

The Ozark Region has a long human history. People have lived here since the Paleoindians beginning about 10,000 years ago, through early European settlement in the 1800s to farmers, loggers and miners in the 20th century. The park strives to protect the historic structures, landscapes, and artifacts that tell the varied stories of people who once called these ridges and river valleys home.

History is everywhere. History is a part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be.

 

To learn about the people of this region and how they lived go to our People pages.

Civil War information for the area is on the Stories pages.

Did You Know?

Unknown children on porch of the William Villines house.

Did you know that Buffalo National River preserves many pioneer homesteads ranging from the 1840s to the 1930s? These structures document the struggles and lifeways of people that carved a living out of the lush forests of the Buffalo River region.