Parkville was platted in 1844.[6] The community has the name of George S. Park, a first settler.[7] A post office called Parkville, ultimately closed in 1962, was established in 1841, [8]

The Benjamin Banneker SchoolMackay BuildingCharles Smith Scott Memorial ObservatoryWaddell “A” Truss Bridge, and Washington Chapel C.M.E. Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9]

In Mark Twain‘s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Huck, Jim, “the king” and “the duke” crash a religious camp meeting in a town called Parkville, where “the king” lies to the crowd that he is an ex-pirate who was robbed and needs money to return to the Indian Ocean to convert other pirates to Christianity, for which a collection is taken from the crowd. This may actually be a fictitious town in Arkansas called Parkville, which Huck Finn describes as “a little one-horse town about three mile down the bend [of the Mississippi River].

In the Menagerie trilogy by Tui and Kari Sutherland, there was a menagerie in Parkville that was shut down due to it being exposed to the public.[15]

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