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Clark County was founded on December 15, 1818, as part of Missouri Territory.
One of the original five counties composing Arkansas Territory when the territory was established in 1819,
Clark County included all or parts of at least fifteen counties in present-day Arkansas and parts of six counties in what is now Oklahoma.
The county was named for Missouri territorial governor William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Among the county’s noted settlers was a grandson of Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis Randolph and his wife (a grandniece of Rachel Jackson, Andrew Jackson’s wife). They came to southern Clark County in 1836. After his death in 1837, Randolph was buried on the grounds of his plantation near Gurdon.
The early county seats were in or near the homes of Barkman on the Caddo and Adam Stroud near Hollywood. The county seat was also at Biscoeville.
In 1831, the seat of government was established at Greenville, where it remained until 1842, when it moved to Blakelytown. Blakelytown was renamed Arkadelphia, and a courthouse was constructed. The present courthouse was built in 1899.
Towns and Other Populated Places
Amity * Arkadelphia * Gurdon
Caddo Valley * Gum Springs * Okolona * Whelen Springs
Alpine * Graysonia
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