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Caddo Gap is an unincorporated community located along the Caddo River in Montgomery County approximately fifteen miles south of the county seat, Mount Ida. In the twenty-first century, Caddo Gap is a very small community of fewer than people, although it has a long history of Native American habitation, Spanish exploration , and white settlement. In the thirteen, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries, Caddo Indians lived and farmed in Caddo Gap. The first white settlers to the area arrived before , but settlement s remained low until the s.
During the s and s, settlers established a small gristmill, stores, a Methodist church, and a toll bridge. By the late s, a Masonic lodge had been established, and a post office called Centreville was established in Local tradition states that Pike built a two-story house and lived in the quiet community, reading and writing for nearly a year.
He left suddenly in , fleeing bushwhackers who destroyed his home. The community added a newspaper, a bank, hotels, a cotton gin, blacksmith shops, a school, and a sawmill. When the railroad stopped serving Caddo Gap, the population dropped, and the community has never regained its pre—Great Depression vitality.
Twentieth-century visitors to Caddo Gap are often attracted to the canoeing, kayaking, and camping opportunities along the nearby Caddo River, and multiple companies provide canoe and kayak rental services. For additional information: Cobb, Ida Sublette. Montgomery County Historical Society. Montgomery County, Our Heritage. Hattie Felton Historic Arkansas Museum. Honor or memorial gifts are an everlasting way to pay tribute to someone who has touched your life.
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