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Independence County is Arkansas's ninth county, formed on October 20, 1820, by dividing Lawrence County along the watershed between the Black and White river valleys.
Independence County, one of the “mother counties” of Arkansas, originally contained all or part of fifteen modern counties of Arkansas. The county’s history is tied closely to its strategic location—it sits astride the White River where it flows from the Ozark upland into the Mississippi Alluvial Plain; the river bisects the modern county from west to east, and the original Southwest Trail crossed it from northeast to southwest along the Ozark escarpment.
It was named in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence.
The county seat, and largest town, is Batesville.
[excerpts from Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture and wikipedia]
Towns and Other Populated Places
Cities: Batesville * Cave City * Cushman * Newark
Towns: Magness * Moorefield * Oil Trough * Pleasant Plains * Sulphur Rock
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