A Duel in Miller County: Lost Prairie and the Pope-Noland Duel of 1831

11/23/2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM CST


  • Free


P. J. Ahern Home
403 Laurel
Texarkana, AR 71854
United States of America


In February 1831, four years before Arkansas became a state, two young men stood on the Southern bank of the Red River pistols drawn. This was the culmination of a political war raging in the territorial capital. Join us for an interesting discussion of the duel and its aftermath as told through letters in the possession of the Texarkana Museums System.


In 1831, the area South and West of the Red River in what is now Miller County, Arkansas was considered by many to be part of Mexico. This made the area, particularly Ben Milam's Lost Prairie, popular for hot headed youths and old-school traditionalists to fight duels. The Pope-Noland duel wasn't the first duel fought there, nor would it be the last, but this duel has a unique connection to Miller County History, especially the Texarkana Museums System Wilbur Smith Research Archives. Join TMS Curator, Jamie Simmons for a talk on this duel and the letters in the archives that shed light on its aftermath. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. 

For more information:

Call: 903-793-4831 or

Email: Ahern@TexarkanaMuseums.org