Pocahontas, Arkansas: The Pocahontas MeteorOn the front lawn of the Randolph County Courthouse sits a rock from space, if you completely ignore what scientists think.
Randolph County Courthouse
- 107 W. Broadway St., Pocahontas, AR
- Hwy 67 North. Upon entering Pocahontas, follow signs to "Randolph County Courthouse," right off the Hwy. The meteor is displayed in a place of honor on a grassy plaza in front of the courthouse.
Visitor Tips and News About The Pocahontas Meteor
In 1859, a local farmer found this huge [1,000 lb] rock in the Black River and told everybody it was a meteorite. It was placed on the front lawn of the Randolph County Courthouse in Pocahontas, AR where it proudly remains today.
University of Arkansas geologists informed the locals that the rock is definitely NOT a meteorite decades ago, but the locals refuse to retract their tourist attraction![Bryan Quattlebaum, 06/24/2010]
Chiseled into the face of the rock: "This Meteor Fell July 1859." The descendants of its discoverer donated it to the town for the Arkansas Sesquicentennial in 1986. Pocahontas isn't pushing the shaky meteor story so much these days. There's a Pocahontas Indian Princess statue, though.