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The history of True Grit Trail appropriately begins with the Yell County Historical Society. More telling the story, Yell County, Arkansas lives the story with people who demonstrate their true grit.
The purpose of the Yell County Historical Society is to promote individual and general interest in the history of Yell County. We collect, preserve and publish pertinent information concerning Yell County history.

YCHS works to identify historical sites and landmarks. Many of the historical markers you see in Yell County were paid for and installed by the Yell County Historical Society. We conduct tours of historical sites and prepare articles for magazines, bulletins and books. YCHS is the parent organization of the True Grit Trail project. Of particular interest is demonstrating to all the importance and value of learning about individuals and events that have affected life in Yell County.


949 Square Miles of Yell, contains interviews and stories from syndicated columnists, elected officials and writers on topics including historic residents of Yell county, the 52 communities within Yell county, stories of music and other interests with ties to historic and current day Arkansas. We invite you to download our newsletter.


The Yell County Historical Society meets at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month in the Family Life Center of Dardanelle United Methodist Church - 100 South 2nd Street at the corner of Locust street. Each meeting has a guest speaker sharing their stories, research, and experiences not found elsewhere.



January 17  Bruce Hall from Acclaim Press will discuss publishing a book on Yell County History.

February 21  Dorothy and Jerry Fager, authors, speaking on their experience of having visited every county in the USA

March 21  Kara Bowers and Margaret Motley speaking on the Potts Inn Museum in Pottsville, AR

April 22
  Dardanelle High School East Lab reporting on their work on the True Grit Trail project

May 16  Marcela White presents "Growing up under Communism."

June 20  Bud Lofland speaks about the postal system in Yell County

July 18  Denise Dewveall & Linda Shott will discuss the Arkansas Find a Grave Project.

August 15  Jan Edwards will talk about the Havana General Store.

September 19   Charles McLemore from the Arkansas Society for Sons of the American Revolution.

October 17  Caroline Speir Executive Director, Fort Smith Museum of History.

November 21  Bud Lofland shares the history of the Dardanelle Post Office. 

December 19  Johnny Story from River Valley Radio will talk about the history of radio in the Arkansas River Valley. 



June 21   Chris George speaking on the Mt. George community

July 19   Jim Benfer speaking on the history of Dardanelle Methodist

August 16   Gerald Hook on trains in Yell county

September 20   John Mitchell speaking on Arkansas country doctors

October 18   Jim Yeager, author of Backroads and Baseball

November 15   Buster Berryhill speaking on rodeos and his experience as a rider and rodeo clown


December 20   Bob Crossman speaking on the Butterfield Trail