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Arkansas County is a county located in the state of Arkansas. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 19,019. The county has
two county seats, De Witt
and Stuttgart. The county
was formed on 13 December 1813, when this area was part of the Missouri Territory.
Arkansas is named after the Arkansas Indian tribe.
Arkansas County is one of seven current-day counties in the United States to share the same name as the state they are located in (the other six counties are Hawaii County, Idaho County, Iowa County, New York County, Oklahoma County, and Utah County)
Arkansas is named for the Arkansa Native American tribe. The namesake of the state of Arkansas was named after the Quapaw, for they were called "Akansea" or "Akansa," meaning "land of the downriver people" by other native tribes and eventually by the French explorers Marquette and Jolliet.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Arkansas county is one of the oldest counties in Arkansas, and has a sound history behind it. The only American Revolutionary battle fought west of the Mississippi (1873) was fought in Arkansas County. A dual county seat with courthouses in Dewitt and Stuttgart, the oldest records in Arkansas are kept in the (Stuttgart) Courthouse. They date from 1796 and are written in Spanish. The courtroom in the courthouse has a unique design where the witness sits in front of the judge and faces the jury, whereas, in most courtrooms the witness sits beside the judge facing the spectators.
There are two museums in the county, Stuttgart Agricultural Museum and the Arkansas Post County Museum and a National Memorial in Gillett. The Arkansas Post is considered the earliest European resolution in the lower Mississippi River valley. The National Park includes a visitors' center and exhibits, artifacts and a trail to take visitors by points of interest.
The population of Arkansas county is 21,653 according to the (1990) census, with 64.5% being urban and rural. Rice Belt Vo-tech and a University of Arkansas agricultural research experiment station are active in research and training in the county.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,034 square miles (2,680 km2), of which 989 square miles (2,560 km2) is land and 45 square miles (120 km2) (4.4%) is water. It is the third-largest county in Arkansas by area.
The landscape of the county is rich, flat, delta farmland. The
eastern boundary of the county runs along the White River, and the
southern border includes a stretch of the Arkansas River and Lock
and Dam No. 2 of the River Navigation System.
Bordering counties are as follows: