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Arkansas's 66th county, it was formed on March 24, 1873 and
named for Elisha Baxter, the tenth governor of Arkansas.
Its parent counties are: Fulton, Izard, Marion, Searcy
The county seat is Mountain Home.
It is in the northern part of the state, and shares a
border with Missouri. It is commonly referred to as the Twin Lakes Area because
it is bordered by two of Arkansas' largest lakes, Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork
On its southern border are the Norfork Tailwater and the Buffalo Nati
s earliest recorded towns were Big Flat, formed in 1820, and Clarkridge, formed
in 1819, and other towns came out of those. Norfork (Liberty) was formed in
1827, and Cotter started as Lake’s Ferry, then Red Bud, and was finally
named for a railroad superintendent. Turkey Neck became Gassville in 1878; it
was named for the Gass family who owned much of what is now Gassville or for P.
A. Cox, who owned an early mercantile store there and was a real storyteller or
“gasser.” Gamaliel and Henderson were just small communities until
the advent of the Norfork and Bull Shoals dams.
[sources: wikipedia; encyclopediaofarkansas.net]
Towns and Other Populated Places
Briarcliff * Cotter * Gassville * Lakeview * Mountain Home * Norfork *
CDP's and Unincorporated communities
Buford * Clarkridge * Gamaliel
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