It it hadn't been the grant that was given to the Little Rock and Memphis Rail Road company in 1852 to build a railway across Arkansas, the town Brinkley would probably never had come to being.
Before the town Brinkley existed there was only a settlement there called Lick Skillet. That name came from the how rail road constructors (who worked there but lived in other towns) finished their dinner with licking the skillets after a day of work. But the name Brinkley is from the owner of the railroad company, Robert Campbell Brinkley.
In the winter of 1869, on land owned by the rail road company, Brinkley was laid out. It is right in between Little Rock and Memphis and on August 6th 1872 Brinkley was incorporated.
From that Brinkley was founded and to this day the town has had an important position in transportation and trade. Today Brinkley has a population of about 4,000.