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Conway

The City of Conway was founded by A. P. Robinson, who came to Conway shortly after the Civil War. Robinson was the
chief engineer for the Little Rock-Fort Smith Railroad (now the Union-Pacific). Part of his compensation was the deed
to a tract of land, one square mile, located near the old settlement of Cadron. When the railroad came through, Robinson
deeded a small tract of his land back to the railroad for a depot site. He laid off a town site around the depot and named
it Conway Station, in honor of a famous Arkansas family.

Conway was designated the county seat of Faulkner County in 1873, the same year that the county was created by the legislature.
In October, 1875, Conway was incorporated and, at that time, had a population of approximately 200.

For many years Conway flourished as a trade center for a large rural agricultural area. Hendrix College was established in
Conway in 1890. Three years later, in 1893, Central College for Girls was established, and Conway was on its way to becoming
an educational center. The University of Central Arkansas was founded in Conway in 1907 as the Arkansas Normal School. Its
economy was firmly established upon agriculture and the educational institutions until World War II.

After the war, diversification of the economy was started by Conway businessmen, and several small industries were attracted
to Conway. Subsequently, additional state institutions were located in Conway, including the headquarters for the Office of
Emergency Services, the Human Development Center, and the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Tab Townsell
Clerk/treasurer Michael Garrett
Assistant To Mayor Jack Bell
Financial Director Tyler Winningham
Personnel Director Lisa Mabry-Williams
District Judge Susan Weaver
City Attorney Michael Murphy
Police Chief A.J. Gary
Fire Chief Mike Winter
Sanitation Superintendent Cheryl Harrington
Street Superintendent Ronnie Hall
Code Enforcement Officer Bart Castleberry
Information Technology Director David Reynolds
Parks, Recreation Director Steve Ibbotson
Councilmember David Grimes
Councilmember Andy Hawkins
Councilmember Theodore Jones, Jr.
Councilmember Mark Ledbetter
Councilmember Shelley Mehl
Councilmember Wes Pruitt
Councilmember Mary Smith
Councilmember Sheila Whitmore

City Facts

County: Faulkner

Population: 58,908

Senate District: 15,35

House Districts: 40,65,67,70,72

Congressional District: 2

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

Address:
1201 Oak Street
CONWAY, AR 72032

Phone: (501) 450-6110

Fax: (501) 450-6145

Meetings:
Second and Fourth Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: mayor@cityofconway.org

School Districts

Conway

Online Services

Faulkner County Personal Property Tax

Faulkner County Real Estate Tax

State Online Services

Car Tag/Registration Renewals

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Sex Offender Registry

Child Support Payments

Arkansas Vacation Kit

Arkansas Trails Search


 
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