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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.

Little River County, Arkansas

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Little River County is a county located in the state of Arkansas. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,171. The county seat is Ashdown. Little River County was formed on March 5, 1867 and was shaped from Hempstead County and Sevier County. The county was named after the Little River.

Little River County is included in the Texarkana, TX-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Little River county is named for the Little River.


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Little River County History

Little River county was created on March 5, 1867, and was named for the river forming its northern and eastern boundaries, in which Ashdown is the county seat. Agricultural activities include ranching, pecans, soybeans, peanuts, and rice. Georgia-Pacific produces paper at a high speed, rolling off more than 45 miles of sheets of paper as wide as some of the city streets. Millwood Dam located on the Little River was originally built for flood control. The average depth of the lake is eight feet with 20,000 acres of submerged timber that brings the bass fishermen from far and near. This area is home to the bald eagle and mallard ducks and also provides habitat for the American alligator. Recreational facilities for camping, swimming, and picnicking are very poplar. Rich history abounds. The Will Reed Farmhouse, a restored pioneer cabin at Alleene gives visitors a glimpse of how early settlers lived. Cerrogordo (big hill) was an Indian trading post and stop on the trail west. Spaniards mining salt deposits in the 1700's gave it the name. The county courthouse with its octagonal dome rising above the two-story red brick building houses lots of history. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Little River County is also one of several dry counties within the state of Arkansas, prohibiting the sale of alcohol.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 565 square miles (1,460 km2), of which 532 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (5.8%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Arkansas by land area and fourth-smallest by total area.

 The landscape of Little River County is rolling, pine-covered hills. The economy of the county is primarily made up of timberland that has a large variety of hardwoods and rapid- growth pine timber.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Sevier County
  • Northeast: Howard County
  • East: Hempstead County
  • Southeast: Miller County
  • Southwest: Bowie County, Tex.
  • Northwest: McCurtain County, Okla.


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