Remembering Eagle Hill

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By Rickey Robertson 

In most communities there is one location that is special and very unique. Some communities have buildings, bridges, houses, creeks, and other unique items that pertain to that location. To the folks who live in Peason, we also have a landmark that is special to each and every one of us and is also of historic interest, Eagle Hill. Eagle Hill is the second highest point in the state, with Driskoll Mountain in North Louisiana being the highest point. At one time after all the timber had been harvested by Peavy Wilson Lumber Company, and you could see Eagle Hill looming on the horizon. Now with the timber having grown back around it, you can’t actually see the old hill from Hwy. 118 anymore, but you can know the exact location because you will see a very large and tall radio tower reaching skyward that is located right on the top of Eagle Hill.

Let’s look at a little history of Eagle Hill. If we were to go back many hundreds of years before the white man came into this area, we would find tribes of Native American’s living on and near Eagle Hill. There were Caddo, Aii, Adai, and other tribes native to this area, but there were also visitors. Eagle Hill has been called by archaeologists as the “Walmart” of Indian artifact sites due to so many artifacts having been found over the years near there. Native Americans traded many things among tribes, and one thing that has been found is a white chirt flint rock used to make arrowheads, knives, and other needed tools. This chirt is now known as “Eagle Hill Chirt” by archaeologists. And guess what? It is a type of flint rock that is not native to Louisiana. These rocks were brought from several locations in Arkansas and were of great value to the tribes.

 

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