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Blytheville

Blytheville was born in 1879 when Henry T. Blythe, Methodist minister, built a post office on the land where Blytheville stands today. In 1881 the minister started to sell land lots to settlers. Mississippi county had thousands of acres of trees back then and the demand for wood from the north was enormous after the great fire in Chicago in 1871. The city grew fast and was incorporated in 1889. According to records the city had a large and diverse population in 1890. As the forrest got more and more decimated the people of Blytheville started growing crops instead, cotton among others. Blytheville was a huge agricultural community until just 25 years ago when farming was mechanized and a lot of people lost their jobs. Instead there has been a growth in industry which is now a provider of employment for a big part of Blytheville's population of 18,000.
Blythe himself lived to be 88 years old, married five timed, was widowed five times, had nine children and was greatly powerful in Blytheville's economy, politics, school, church and court. He past away in 1903.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor James W. Sanders
City Clerk Connie Mosley
Treasurer Gary Perry
Financial Director LaVera Kuykendall
Personnel Director Judy Andrews
District Judge Shannon Langston
City Attorney Mike Bearden
Police Chief Ross Thompson
Fire Chief Mike Carney
Director Of Public Works Marvin Crawford
Water Superintendent Gary Phillips
Wastewater Superintendent Kenneth Ellis
Building Inspector Rick Ash
Code Enforcement Officer Jim Graham
Parks, Recreation Director Elroy Brown
Councilmember Tommy Abbott
Councilmember R.L. Jones
Councilmember Missy Langston
Councilmember John Musgraves
Councilmember Stan Parks
Councilmember Kevin Snow

City Facts

County: Mississippi

Population: 15,620

Senate District: 22

House District: 54,55

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

Address:
124 W. Walnut
BLYTHEVILLE, AR 72315

Phone: (870) 763-3602

Fax: (870) 762-0443

Meetings:
Third Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: blytheville@sbcglobal.net

School Districts

Blytheville

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