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Since native American tribes, Cherokee and Osage, lived in the area before white settlers came and made the Ozarks their home, the northwestern Arkansas town, Pocahontas, was named after the famous Indian princess. It became a settlement around 1815 owned by Ranson S. Bettis of North Carolina. Bettis, who was a trader and physician, brought it family to the settlement and they built house on a hill. He set up a trading post and his daughter, Cinderella, married a man named Thomas Stephenson Drew. Thomas Stephenson and Ranson S. Bettis later built up the community of Pocahontas together. 18 months after its establishment Arkansas gazette wrote about how flourishing the town already was. The value of the land had gone up with 100-500%. Pocahontas was known as the Metropolis of the West. When Randolph county was officially known as a county by the territorial legislature, in 1835, pocahontas became its county seat and has remained it since then. Today Pocahontas has a population of about 6,500.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Frank Bigger
Clerk/treasurer Suzanne Hawkins
District Judge John Throesch
City Attorney Joe Grider
Police Chief Cecil Tackett
Fire Chief James Shields
Street Superintendent Ben Wicker
Water Superintendent Bill Daniels
Code Enforcement Officer Lloyd Lewallen
Parks, Recreation Director Jay Matheny
Councilmember Wayne Broadway
Councilmember Rainer DeClerk
Councilmember Keith Futrell
Councilmember Rob Olvey
Councilmember Tim Scott
Councilmember Russel Winebaugh

City Facts

County: Randolph

Population: 6,608

Senate District: 19,20

House District: 61

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

P.O. Box 896

Phone: (870) 892-9661

Fax: (870) 892-4284

Second Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site


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