“Batesville was the seat of justice for Independence County. It was near the practical head of navigation on the White River, the largest community in north central Arkansas, and growing. Town lots increased in value 300% during 1836 in spite of the reduced corn crop in the area caused by heavy rains during the growing season. Batesville had a jockey club and September 29 was announced as the opening day of its regular fall meet.”
Source: Allen D. Stokes, “Arkansas in 1836,” Phillips County Historical Quarterly. June, 1964. Vol.2, #4, p.30.