Arkansas CountiesThere are 75 Counties in the State of Arkansas which vary from the rich Delta farmlands of the Mississippi River valley to the rolling hills and gently sloped mountains of the Ozarks and Ouachitas
Bradley County, Arkansas
Bradley County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Bradley is named for Hugh Bradley, a soldier in the War of 1812.
Hugh Bradley (May 23, 1885 in Grafton, Massachusetts – January 26, 1949 in Worcester, Massachusetts) played first base in Major League Baseball from 1910 to 1915.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Created in December 18, 1840, from parts of Union, Cleveland, and Drew and Ashley counties. It was named for William H. Bradley who had been with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans and later settled in Arkansas. The county seat is Warren. All of the county's records are conserved in the courthouse. The first deed dates from March 29, 1841, and the first court records from April 1841. The County's structure today is the third county courthouse. Its predecessors were replaced because they were outgrown, not because of as in a number of Arkansas counties, being destroyed by fire. Pine timber is the mainstay of the economy with Potlatch Corp owning 300,000 acres and being the largest taxpayer. The county has nearly as many miles of company roads as county roads. Bradley County, however, is the tomato-raising capital of the state; and the General Assembly declared the South Arkansas vine-ripened pink tomato the official state fruit and vegetable. The famous Felsenthal Refuge features boating, hunting and fishing and is very poplar with the sportsmen.
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