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It looks as though Arkansas has always had problems with road construction. When the first roads were built they were so important that everyone had to be involved. From the 1820's and 1830's: All free males and all male slaves between the ages of 16 and 35 were required to work on roads in their township for up to 30 days. They could be required to work up to 12 days a year but no more than 4 days a month. It was against the law to refuse to work or to have someone else do your labor. Maybe this is the way to build roads in the state. If you drive on them you have to help build them.

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