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The Rivers in Arkansas were the real "highways" in the first 2/3 of the 19th century, before the railroads made a significant impact on travel.  The four main rivers are the Mississippi, the Ouachita, the Arkansas, and the Saint Francis.


    Click on the text to go to the appropriate time period of these Inland Waterways
                            - 1820 to 1851. This is the stampless period, most outside the mail.
                            - 1851-61. Many letters from this period are stamped and were carried
                                              on official mail routes.
                            - Confederate (1861-1865)
                            - 1865-1870
                            -Post 1870