River Market Dist.
Bénard de La Harpe, who is believed to have traveled about 50 miles above the present sites of Little Rock and North Little Rock, described the area when writing about his journey.
He noted a landmark on the north bank of the Arkansas River, which he referred to as the "French Rock" (now known as "big rock"). The first outcropping of rock along the riverbanks above its mouth on the south bank came known as La Petite Roche - "Little Rock." The plaza provides views of the actual "Little Rock" as well as historical panels that detail the history and photography of La Petite Roche.