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Craighead County was formed by the Arkansas Legislature February 19, 1859. Senator William A. Jones, representing St. Francis and Poinsett Counties, sponsored an Act to create a new county from parts of Greene, Mississippi and Poinsett. One senator opposed to the new county was Senator Thomas B. Craighead, who represented Crittenden and Mississippi Counties. Senator Jones suggested they name the new county after Senator Craighead. Senator Craighead then suggested with a resolution to name the county seat Jonesboro after Senator Jones. (More Craighead Co. history)
Fire destroyed the first courthouse in 1869. In 1876 they moved into a new court house and two years later it was destroyed by fire. Another courthouse was completed in 1886. In 1934 this one was torn down to make room for the present courthouse.
A second county seat was established in 1883 at Lake City and serves the people in that area. The two courthouses are sixteen miles apart.
Arkansas State University is the second largest state supported institution of higher education and it is located at Jonesboro. It was founded in 1909 and covers an area of 800 acres.
Cities and Towns in Craighead County include: Jonesboro, Lake City, Bono, Caraway, Brookland, Monette, Bay, Black Oak, Cash and Egypt.
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