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There 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

Columbia County, Arkansas

Columbia County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Magnolia
Year Organized: 1852
Square Miles: 766
Court House:

1 Court Square
County Courthouse
Magnolia, AR 71753-3527

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Columbia is named for Columbia, a female personification of the United States. Columbia (IPA: /kəˈlʌmbiə/) is a poetic name for the United States of America and for the feminine symbolic personification thereof.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Created in December 1852, from parts of Lafayette, Hempstead, Union, and Ouachita counties, Columbia County was named from the time of the American Revolution and refers to the new American nation, derived from Christopher Columbus. The county seat is Magnolia. The stately old courthouse surrounded by the large magnolia trees is a landmark. Each year Columbia County holds a Magnolia Festival that brings people from far and near to enjoy the activities. Columbia County is rolling hills with good land for farming and forests for timbering and cotton as a cash crop. Cattle and poultry are raised throughout the county along with pine tree harvesting. Industry provides most jobs in the county. Southern Arkansas University is located in the county and Logoly State Park is situated on 345 acres of forested coastal plain with 11 natural springs, a visitor center and amphitheater. Lake Columbia, the newest reservoir, is separated into zones, some for fishing, some for pleasure boating, and some with multiple facilities available for recreation.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Nevada County
  • Northeast: Ouachita County
  • East: Union County
  • Southeast: Claiborne Parish, La.
  • South: Webster Parish, La.
  • West: Lafayette County

Cities and Towns:

- Emerson town Incorporated Area
- Magnolia (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- McNeil city Incorporated Area
- Taylor city Incorporated Area
- Waldo city Incorporated Area

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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"