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Arkansas City

Arkansas City, the county seat of Desha County, is located in the Mississippi River Delta which is the area where Europeans first crossed the Mississippi in 1541.

Arkansas City used to be a city with a population of about 15 000 and a prosperous commerce. But most of the city was ruined by the great flood in 1927. The lumber mills, homes and businesses were destroyed. The flood also moved the channel, that was the used for the ferryboat connection between Memphis and Vicksberg, one mile to the east, which was devestating for Arkansas City. The town has never come back to the same size that it had before the flood but hanks to that hard work of the citizens of Desha County, Arkansas City today has seven buildings listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Arkansas City can be very proud of its public school system: the senior high school boasts of being among the best in Southeast Arkansas.

The population of Arkansas City is today c. 523 and the Potlatch Paper Mill provides the major source of income.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Carolyne Blissett
Recorder Sandra Irvin
Police Chief Stacy Cantrell
Street Superintendent Ricky Morgan
Water Superintendent Larry McMahan
Alderman Curtis Gilbert
Alderman Darlene King
Alderman David Lison
Alderman Rita Robinson

City Facts

County: Desha

Population: 366

Senate District: 26

House District: 11

Congressional District: 1

Classification: Incorporated Town

Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 369
ARKANSAS CITY, AR 71630

Phone: (870) 877-2306

Fax: (870) 877-2306

Meetings:
Second Tuesday

Email:

Online Services

State Online Services

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Arkansas Municipal League
Our Mission

The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose:

  • to act as the official representative of Arkansas cities and towns before the state and federal governments;
  • to provide a clearinghouse for information and answers; and,
  • to offer a forum for discussion and sharing of mutual concerns.