Photos by Stephen McMann
In 1986 the family of A.H. Keith generously donated a 100+ year old family treasure to the town of Pocahontas (Randolph County seat) for the celebration of the Arkansas' Sesquicentennial. The 'treasure' was a large 'meteorite' that A.H. Keith believed fell in the nearby Black River bottoms in 1859. The large stone is now displayed in front of the Randolph County Court House.
Aug 24, 2007
Meteorite identification is not easy to those unfamiliar with meteorites. Preparations were probably completed before those in charged learned that the 'meteorite' was actually a meteorwrong. No promotion can be found. The Randolph County Sesquicentennial celebration brochure makes no mention of the 'meteorite'. Regardless of its misidentification, this stone of Arkansas folklore is now a special part of Randolph County history.
Thanks to Stephen McMann for the photos and for bringing this to my attention!