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Craighead County, Arkansas
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Craighead County
Located in the northeast part of the county, it was the 58th county and was named for state Senator Thomas Craighead.

Much of today’s Craighead County was included in the northern portion of Poinsett County.

County Seats:

Jonesboro, Lake City


February 19, 1859

Parent Counties:

Greene, Mississippi, Poinsett

The unique formation called Crowley’s Ridge runs through its center.
Along with Jonesboro and Lake City, Craighead County also includes the towns of Bay, Black Oak, Bono, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Egypt, and Monette. It is the home of Arkansas State University (ASU), one of the state’s largest universities.
The first real town in early Craighead County was Greensboro, located about eleven miles northeast of the present Jonesboro. It was settled in 1835 when a settler named Joe Willey cleared a town site and erected the county’s first gristmill.

Around the time of its formation, Craighead County included the communities of
Big Creek, Broadway, Grinder, Buck Snort Hill, Martin’s Spring, Greensboro, Maumelle, Oldtown, and Lester Landing.

Cities, Towns and Other Populated Places
Bay, Black Oak, Bono, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Egypt, and Monette

A high incidence of courthouse fires in Jonesboro destroyed many of the county’s early documents. The original Craighead County Courthouse was a two-story frame building which was claimed by fire on February 14, 1869.  Two years later, another fire destroyed the next courthouse and its records, along with eight other businesses in Jonesboro. Yet another wooden courthouse burned on November 29, 1885, along with other downtown buildings around the square.

Since 1886, records have been kept in a vault, and no records have been lost since March 28, 1878

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Website Updates:
Oct 2014: 1870 census index;  1870 mortality schedule; burials in various cemeteries; obits for TURNER, DUNAWAY, PAYNE, CRUTCHER, BROADAWAY



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