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Americans began to settle on the fertile land along the Terre Noire Creek as early as 1811. The community that has come to be known as Hollywood was located there along the old Military Road, also called the Southwest Trail. That community claims a long and distinguished past.

After Arkansas became a separate territory in 1819, one of the first regiments of militia organized in Arkansas Territory mustered near Hollywood in 1820. The company’s first colonel was James Ross. He was followed by S.M. Rutherford, and then Jacob Wells, who served until 1828. Among other officers of the regiment were Joseph Hardin, David Fish, Abner Thornton, Samuel Gentry, and Thomas Drew. Drew later became governor of Arkansas.



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