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In the early 1830s, Captain Jack Handley made his way to the Arkansas Territory to claim the 160 acres of land that was awarded to him for his service in the War of 1812. Upon his arrival, he found that much of the land that was promised to him was inhabited by members of the Arkansas Tribe of the Sioux Nation. Captain Jack challenged them to a series of foot races with the winner earning the right to the land in question. After winning all of these races and claiming his land, Captain Jack left the area and headed for Texas, but not before giving his land to his two brothers, John and Isaac, who settled his land in the area around what is now Handley Creek just north of present day Monticello.

Downtown Monticello, Circa 1879

200 North Main Street

Monticello, Arkansas

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