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Arkansas was originally a part of the province of Louisiana, and constituted a portion of that undefined region lying west of the Mississippi, which received not a tread of the white man until the present century, unless visited by De Soto, who explored the valley of the Mississippi in 1541. In the arrangement of territories it was separated from Louisiana and attached to Missouri. It remained in this connection till 1819, when it was erected into a district territory, under its present name. The Rocky mountains were its western limits; but by congressional acts in 1824 and by subsequent treaties with the Cherokee Indians, its area was curtailed. In 1836, a convention of the representatives of the people assembled at Little Rock, and adopted a state constitution; and the same year Arkansas was admitted into the Union as an independent state.

["Source: Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States..."
Published by Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853]

County Websites

County Name

County Seats

Date of Creation

Parent Counties

Arkansas County De Witt and Stuttgart December 13, 1813 1st County (Eastern Arkansas)
Ashley County Hamburg November 30, 1848 Chicot, Drew and Union counties
Baxter County Mountain Home March 24, 1873 Fulton, Izard, Marion, and Searcy counties
Benton County Bentonville September 30, 1836 Washington County
Boone County Harrison April 9, 1869 Carroll and Marion counties
Bradley County Warren December 18, 1840 Union County
Calhoun County Hampton December 6, 1850 Dallas and Ouachita counties
Carroll County Berryville and Eureka Springs November 1, 1833 Izard County and later by Madison County (1870)
Chicot County Lake Village October 15, 1823 Arkansas County
Clark County Arkadelphia December 15, 1818 Arkansas
Clay County - formerly named Clayton Piggott and Corning March 24, 1873 Randolph and Greene counties, and originally named Clayton before 1875
Cleburne County Heber Springs February 20, 1883 White, Van Buren, and Independence counties
Cleveland County - formerly named Dorsey Rison April 17, 1873 Bradley, Dallas, Jefferson counties, and formerly named Dorsey County (from 1885)
Columbia County Magnolia December 17, 1852 Formed from Lafayette, Hempstead, and Ouachita counties
Conway County Morrilton October 20, 1825 Pulaski County
Craighead County Jonesboro and Lake City February 19, 1859 Mississippi, Greene, Poinsett counties
Crawford County Van Buren October 18, 1820 Pulaski County
Crittenden County Marion October 22, 1825 Phillips County
Cross County Wynne November 15, 1862 St. Francis, Poinsett, and Crittenden counties
Dallas County Fordyce January 1, 1845 Clark and Bradley counties
Desha County Arkansas City December 12, 1838 Arkansas, Union counties, then from Chicot County (prior to 1880), and Lincoln (prior 1930)
Drew County Monticello November 26, 1846 Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Union counties
Faulkner County Conway April 12, 1873 Pulaski and Conway counties
Franklin County Ozark and Charleston December 19, 1837 Crawford and Johnson counties
Fulton County Salem December 21, 1842 Izard County and then later from Lawrence County (prior 1850)
Garland County Hot Springs April 5, 1873 Montgomery, Hot Spring, and Saline counties
Grant County Sheridan Febuary 4, 1869 Jefferson, Hot Spring, Saline counties
Greene County Paragould November 5, 1833 Lawrence County and later on by Randolph
Hempstead County Hope December 15, 1818 Arkansas
Hot Spring County Malvern November 2, 1829 Clark County and later from Montgomery County (prior 1880)
Howard County Nashville April 17, 1873 Pike, Hempstead, Polk, Sevier counties.
Independence County Batesville October 20, 1820 Lawrence County (1820)
Izard County Melbourne October 27, 1825 Independence, Crawford counties, and later from Fulton (prior 1880)
Jackson County Newport November 5, 1829 Lawrence and St. Francis counties
Jefferson County Pine Bluff November 2, 1829 Arkansas and Pulaski
Johnson County Clarksville November 16, 1833 Pope County, and a small portion from Madison County (prior 1890)
Lafayette County Lewisville October 15, 1827 Hempstead County and later from Columbia County (prior 1910)
Lawrence County Walnut Ridge January 15, 1815 Arkansas and New Madrid (MO) in 1815
Lee County Marianna April 17, 1873 Phillips, Monroe, Crittenden, and St. Francis counties.
Lincoln County Star City March 28, 1871 Arkansas, Bradley, Desha, Drew, and Jefferson counties
Little River County Ashdown March 5, 1867 Sevier County
Logan County - formerly named Sarber Booneville and Paris March 22, 1871 Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Scott, and Yell counties (Formally named Sarber County)
Lonoke County Lonoke April 16, 1873 Prairie and Pulaski counties
Madison County Huntsville September 30, 1836 Washington County
Marion County Yellville November 3, 1835 Izard County
Miller County Texarkana April 1, 1820 Lafayette County
Mississippi County Blytheville and Osceola November 1, 1833 Crittenden
Monroe County Clarendon November 2, 1829 Phillips and Arkansas counties
Montgomery County Mount Ida December 9, 1842 Hot Spring
Nevada County Prescott March 20, 1871 Columbia, Hempstead, Ouachita counties
Newton County Jasper December 14, 1842 Carroll
Ouachita County Camden November 29, 1842 Union
Perry County Perryville December 18, 1840 Conway County
Phillips County Helena May 1, 1820 Arkansas and Lawrence County
Pike County Murfreesboro November 1, 1833 Clark and Hempstead counties
Poinsett County Harrisburg February 28, 1838 Greene, Lawrence counties
Polk County Mena November 30, 1844 Sevier
Pope County Russellville November 2, 1829 Crawford County
Prairie County Des Arc and DeValls Bluff October 25, 1846 Arkansas and Pulaski counties
Pulaski County Little Rock December 15, 1818 Arkansas and Lawrence counties
Randolph County Pocahontas October 29, 1835 Lawrence County
St. Francis County Forrest City October 13, 1827 Formed from Phillips County
Saline County Benton November 2, 1835 Independence and Pulaski
Scott County Waldron November 5, 1833 Crawford and Pope counties
Searcy County Marshall December 13, 1838 Marion County
Sebastian County Greenwood and Fort Smith January 6, 1851 Crawford and Scott
Sevier County De Queen October 17, 1828 Hempstead County
Sharp County Ash Flat July 18, 1868 Lawrence County
Stone County Mountain View April 21, 1873 Izard, Independence, Searcy, Van Buren
Union County El Dorado November 2, 1829 Clark and Hempstead counties
Van Buren County Clinton November 11, 1833 Conway, Izard, and Independence
Washington County Fayetteville October 17, 1828 Lovely County
White County Searcy October 23, 1835 Independence, Jackson and Pulaski counties
Woodruff County Augusta November 26, 1862 Jackson and St. Francis counties
Yell County Danville and Dardanelle December 5, 1840 Hot Spring, Pope, and Scott County

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Arkansas State Data

Government Records and Topics

History Topics

Arkansas in the 1850 Gazetteer

Forgotten Places in Arkansas

State Institutions:
Prison Inmates, 1902-1921

Prisons, Asylums, School History

School for the Blind


Military Records

State Biographies


Newspaper Gleanings 

Death Notices and Obituaries

Slavery and African-American Data
Slave Narratives: A - B
Freedman's Bank Records



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Many thanks to Anna Newell for all her work on this state.
She has been the host of this state since its beginning and we hope you appreciate her efforts as much as we have. Though she has scaled back her workload, she is still hosting Randolph and Sharp counties for us.