DeValls Bluff is near the
duck hunting capital of the world and offers some of the greatest
bass fishing in the White River that runs through it.
The town was a significant
site during the Civil War. During his expedition up the White
River from Helena, Union Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman's cavalry
captured the town of DeValls Bluff, terminus of the railroad
running east from Little Rock toward Memphis, on January 17, 1863.
Along with the town he captured 25 Confederate troops, 90 new
Enfield rifles, and 2 cannon. The Arkansas Department of Parks and
Tourism maintains a museum, Des Arc.
De Valls Bluff also has
the distinction of having one of a few vertical lift (span-lift)
truss bridges in the United States. On the list of the National
Register of Historic Places, this bridge was built in 1922 and
spans the White River on US 70. A new bridge over the White River
has replaced this bridge.