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The first of the Arkansas' seventy-five present-day counties created, Arkansas County was formed on 13 December 1813, when this area was part of the Missouri Territory.

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Sevier County, Arkansas

Sevier County Education, Geography, and HistorySevier County, Arkansas Courthouse

Sevier County is a county located in the state of Arkansas. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,058. The county seat is De Queen. Sevier County was formed on October 17, 1828. The county is named for Ambrose Sevier, US Senator from Arkansas.

Etymology - Origin of Sevier County Name

Sevier is named for US Senator from Arkansas Ambrose Sevier. Ambrose Hundley Sevier (November 4, 1801 - December 31, 1848) was a Democratic member of the United States Senate from Arkansas.


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Sevier County History

Sevier county was formed in October 17, 1828, by the Territorial Legislature from parts of Hempstead and Miller counties and was named for Ambrose H. Sevier, a territorial delegate to Congress who was influential in winning statehood for Arkansas in 1836 and became Arkansas' first US Senator. DeQueen is the county seat. The economic base of the county is made up of timber, poultry processing plants, livestock production, cattle, poultry, swine, and some light manufacturing. Sevier County is also known as the Land of the Lakes because it sits in the midst of a complex of reservoirs in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. Sevier County residents have water recreation within a half-hour's drive in nearly any direction. DeQueen Lake is a clear, clean, mountain lake in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and offers swimming, water-skiing, diving, camping and fishing. Lake Millwood is well known as one of the best fishing lakes. Dierks Lake has fishing, boating, picnicking, camping, swimming and sightseeing. Five rivers and mountain streams touch or cross the county. The Cossatot River is well known for floating, kayaking, and bass fishing. The Historical Society's museum covers the county's early history from 1828 to 1940. The stately courthouse building also houses lots of the county's history. Many visitors pass through Sevier County each year enjoying the scenic beauty and the many waters of the county.  It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 581 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 565 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (2.8%) is water.

The landscape of the county is rugged terrain in the extreme north and rolling hills in the south.


Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Polk County
  • Northeast: Howard County
  • Southeast: Hempstead County
  • South: Little River County
  • Northwest: McCurtain County, Okla.


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