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It was Major Rombaugh, one of the civil engineers from the railroad between Memphis and Little Rock, who gave the Lonoke its name. He and a Mr Robinson had to find a railroad depot, and a lone oak tree on the Arkansas prairie was the place they chose. They spelled Lone Oak "Lonoke" to make it sound Indian. The Original site for Lonoke was laid out in 1869. From a empty prairie in 1869 Lonoke grew to a town of 500 and by 1910 it had 1,500 residents. It also became the county seat of the newly established county, Lonoke County.
1879 Lonoke got a public school, and during the next 30 years Lonoke grew to a large farming community. The main crops were and still are cotton and rice and Lonoke became the town with one of the most valuable farm real estate in the state.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Wayne McGee
City Clerk Jeri Edwards
Assistant To Mayor Regina Ibbotson
District Judge Teresa Smith
City Attorney Ginger Stuart
Police Chief Randy Mauk
Fire Chief Justin Whittenburg
Director Of Public Works Jim Kelley
Street Superintendent Jim Ed Ransom
Community Center Director Michael Brown
Parks, Recreation Director Roy Don Lewis
City Treasurer Phillip Howell
Council Member Koy Butler
Council Member Janie Derning
Council Member Norman Evans
Council Member Michael Florence
Council Member Raymond Hatton
Council Member Pat Howell
Council Member Efrem Jones
Council Member Wendall Walker
Human Resource Director Cindy Reaves

City Facts

County: Lonoke

Population: 4,245

Senate District: 28

House District: 14

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

107 W. Second St.
LONOKE, AR 72086

Phone: (501) 676-4300

Fax: (501) 676-2500

Second Monday

Email: cityoflonoke@sbcglobal.net

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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.