Artifact of the Month
Save the Buffalo River Bumper Sticker, circa 1970
Donated by Douglas James
Forty years ago, on March 1, 1972, the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas became the first national river in the United States. It was put under protection of the National Park Service through Public Law 92-237 following a long campaign by conservation groups such as the Ozark Society, led by Bentonville physician Dr. Neil Compton, who wanted to stop a proposed dam on the river and preserve the free-flowing stream for environmental and recreational purposes. Today the river is one of the leading tourist destinations in Arkansas.