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Yell County is a county in the state of Arkansas. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 22,185. The county has two county
Dardanelle and Danville. Yell County was formed on December 5, 1840 from portions of Scott and Pope counties.
The county is
named after Archibald Yell, who was the state's first
member of the United States House of Representatives and the second
governor of Arkansas; he later was killed in combat at the Battle of
Buena Vista during the Mexican-American War.
Yell County is part of the Russellville, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Yell county is named for Governor of Arkansas Archibald Yell. Archibald Yell (August 9, 1797 - February 23, 1847) was a member of the United States House of Representatives, Governor of the State of Arkansas, and a Brigadier General in the United States Army serving in the Mexican-American War.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Yell county was formed on December 5, 1840, from parts of Pope and Scott counties and was named for Archibald Yell, second Governor of the State of Arkansas. The economic base of Yell County is well balanced. Leading industries are connected with production of poultry, hogs, and beef cattle with some small manufacturing. Tourism and recreation activities are very popular in an area full of lakes. The Arkansas River, Lake Dardanelle, Nimrod Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Kingfisher Lake are poplar with the professional angler as well as the local fisherman. Mount Nebo State Park rises 1,800 feet above the mountain valleys and has cabins, campsites, picnic sites, tennis courts, swimming pool, and hiking trails. Mount Magazine State Park offers camping and picnicking. Petit Jean Mountain and Wildlife Management Area offer hunting and beautiful scenery. The county has dual seats, Danville and Dardanelle. The courthouse at Dardanelle is located on one of the earliest military roads in Arkansas, one named in honor of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy by act of the General Assembly of 1925. On the east lawn, the statue of a Confederate soldier with a boyish face stands as a memorial to Yell County Confederate veterans. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 949 square miles (2,460 km2), of which 930 square miles (2,400 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (2.0%) is water.
The landscape of the county is rolling farmlands, forested ridges, and isolated mountains and lakes with rugged terrain in the south.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Early childhood, elementary and secondary education within Yell County is provided by four public school districts:
The Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, is headquartered in Dardanelle and serves multiple counties and consists of one central library and six branch libraries, including the Yell County Library, a branch library in Danville.