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White County is a county located in the state of Arkansas. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 77,076. The county seat is Searcy. White County was formed on October 23, 1835, from portions of Independence, Jackson, and Pulaski counties. The county is named for Hugh Lawson White, a Whig candidate for President of the United States.
White County comprises the Searcy, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical Area.on.
White county is named for US presidential candidate Hugh L. White. Hugh Lawson White (August 19, 1881-September 20, 1965) was an American politician from Mississippi and a member of the Democratic Party. He served two non-consecutive terms as Governor of Mississippi (1936-1940, 1952-1956).
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
White county was created in 1835, by the territorial legislature from
parts of Jackson, Pulaski, and Independence counties and was named for Hugh
Lawson White, a US Senator from Tennessee. The county seat is Searcy. The
economic base of the county is diversified with row crops of Milo, wheat,
soybeans, rice; blueberries, and table grapes; livestock, poultry, and coastal
Bermuda grass hay; and a wide range of manufacturing and service industries
including a Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Harding University at Searcy and
Arkansas State University at Beebe, along with Foothills Vo-Tech School at
Searcy draw hundreds of students from all parts of the country. White County has
many varied recreational opportunities. The Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management
Area, and the White and Little Red rivers offer hunting and fishing and water
recreation. The White County Courthouse, built in 1871 is said to be the oldest
functional courthouse in Arkansas and has an elaborate clock tower that
resembles the Liberty Bell and dates back to 1855. A statue located on the
southeast corner of the court square honors the Confederate Soldiers. A new
statue built of six tons of granite, was recently constructed on the courthouse
lawn honoring those soldiers of White County who died in World War I, World War
II, and the Korean War, with each soldier's name inscribed on the monument. A
Vietnam War memorial already sits on the courthouse grounds. A fire in the
courthouse some years ago necessitated extensive repair, and the courtroom was
restored to its original 19th century look with hardwood flooring and oak
benches. The entire courthouse is outlined in lights and comes alive in December
each year when the Christmas "Festival of Lights" is observed. Hundreds of
tourists visit the area at this time of year. It is an alcohol prohibition or
dry county, though a few private establishments (such as the Searcy
Country Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Searcy and Beebe)
can sell alcohol.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,042 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 1,035 square miles (2,680 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (0.7%) is water. It is the second-largest county by area in Arkansas.
The landscape of the county is rolling hills north and west the foothills of the Ozarks and Ouachita, and rich, flat, delta farmland in the southeast.
Bordering counties are as follows: