Benton is on the Southwest Trail, an old Indian trail that was part of the National Road leading from Missouri through Jackson and Lawrence counties to Little Rock (Pulaski County), then south to the Red River.
Benton is accessible by Interstate 30, the Union Pacific Railroad, and the state’s commercial airport.
Rezin Davis deeded eighty acres to Benton and became its first mayor.Thirteen properties, including a mound site and a bridge, are on the National Register of Historic Places.Though the aluminum industry was located in nearby Bauxite, Benton served as an employee, a service sector, and a medical and entertainment base for Reynolds Metals and Alcoa Inc.Confederates won a victory with the Skirmish at Benton in December 1863, but the following summer saw two Union victories with an Affair at Benton in July and another Skirmish at Benton in August. Dodd lived in Benton at the outbreak of the war, and his mother and sisters lived there until 1863.Six Confederate regiments raised in Benton that had prominent Benton men as officers and leaders were the Eleventh Arkansas Infantry; Company E, First Arkansas Infantry; Company C, Third Arkansas Cavalry; Company D, Hawthorne’s Arkansas Infantry; Company B, Crawford’s Cavalry; and Company B, Twenty-Fifth Arkansas Infantry. Because Benton was so close to the fighting in Little Rock, it was not occupied during Reconstruction. Fagan was made a militia general and commanded Joseph Brooks’s forces in Little Rock, while the aforementioned Colonel Crawford found himself on the other side as brigadier general of militia for Elisha Baxter’s forces.
The workers migrated to Benton’s Gravel Hill community—now known as Southside, Hardscramble, and Alexander—and developed settlements. Alsobrook opened Benton State Bank (now Regions) in 1934. At least 137 Benton-born men and women served in World War II.