Osceola, Arkansas is a historically significant city on the Mississippi River. It has a lot to offer history buffs interested in agriculture and technology. The area was once home to Native Americans and was later settled by farmers, loggers, and settlers. The town was originally known as "Plumb Point," referenced in Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi. Parts of the area were later turned into cotton farms.
The town was officially formed in 1833 with the establishment of a local government, and it was incorporated in 1853. The town also has a history of women's rights activities. Osceola had one of the first all-woman school boards in the nation's history, and the local press had a female editor-in-chief as early as 1906.
There is one animal hospital right in the town of Osceola. There are two large wooded parks on the other side of the river, directly across from the town. Fort Pillow State Historic Park is full of hiking opportunities among many Civil War artifacts and displays. Leashed pets are permitted to join you along the paths as long as you clean up after them and obey all posted signs. The fort itself was built in 1861, and became a state park in 1971.