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The Arkansas Traveller, Currier & Ives lithograph

Edward Payson Washburn (1831 March 26, 1860) was an American artist, son of Indian missionary Cephas Washburn. He is best known for painting The Arkansas Traveller.

Cephas Washburn American missionary

Cephas Washburn (1793–1860) was a noted Christian missionary and educator who worked with the Cherokee of northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

Washburn died in Little Rock, Arkansas only nine days after his father. He is buried in historic Mount Holly Cemetery in downtown Little Rock.

Little Rock, Arkansas Capital of Arkansas

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is also the county seat of Pulaski County. It was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named the "Little Rock" by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city's population was 198,541 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau. The six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked 78th in terms of population in the United States with 738,344 residents according to the 2017 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

Mount Holly Cemetery cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Mount Holly Cemetery is a historic cemetery located in the Quapaw Quarter area of downtown Little Rock in the U.S. state of Arkansas, and is the burial place for numerous Arkansans of note. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and has been nicknamed "The Westminster Abbey of Arkansas".

The Arkansas Traveller

The Arkansas Traveller (1858) depicts an encounter between a wealthy traveler and a family of squatters. The painting was created just south of the town of Russellville, Arkansas at the Washburn family homestead site. The Washburn cemetery, near the homestead site, still exists today.

Russellville, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Russellville is the county seat and largest city in Pope County, Arkansas, United States, with a population of 27,920, according to the 2010 Census. It is home to Arkansas Tech University and Arkansas Nuclear One, Arkansas' only nuclear power plant. Russellville borders Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River.

A homestead is a dwelling, especially a farmhouse, and adjacent outbuildings, typically on a large agricultural holding such as a ranch or station.

The painting was widely distributed and printed as a Currier & Ives lithograph. It was inspired by the humorous song of the same name by Colonel Sanford 'Sandy' Faulkner.

The Arkansas Traveler (song) traditional song

"The Arkansas Traveler" was the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963; it has been the state historical song since 1987. The music was composed in the 19th century by Colonel Sanford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner (1806–1874); the current official lyrics were written by a committee in 1947 in preparation for its naming as the state song.

"Colonel" Sanford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner (1806–1874) was an American born March 3 in Scott County, Kentucky to his father Nicholas and mother Sally Fletcher Faulkner. He was a politician, teller of tall tales, fiddle player, and responsible in large part for the story forming the basis of the popular fiddle tune "The Arkansas Traveler", which was the State song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963 and has been the state historical song since 1987.


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