Morrison and Eppinette, Historical Ouachita County, p. 6
Located in southcentral Arkansas, Ouachita County boasts a past which deserves recognition in the annals of history. From the time that Indians roamed, and Spain and France laid claim, to the present, the region has been a center of activity. Indian trails crossed the area, and by the late 1700s trappers and traders had established the trading post of Ecore Fabre on the Ouachita River at the present site of Camden. Upon acquistion of the territory by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, permanent settlers began migrating across the Mississippi River into the region.
By 1818-19 settlers were laying claim to farmlands in what is now Ouachita County, and in the next decades, community life developed at strategic points. About a half century of the county's rich history (1880s to 1930s) will be partially depicted on the following pages. Striking photographs of homes, street scenes, transportation scenes, people, and industry present a mosaic of the cultural heritage of South Arkansas.