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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 Keith Futrell
Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Teel
Assistant To Mayor Charlotte Tribble
District Judge Alex Bigger
City Attorney Joe Grider
Police Chief David Edington
Director Of Public Works Scott Baltz
Sanitation Superintendent Ben Wicker
Street Superintendent Ben Wicker
Water Superintendent Bruce Bodell
Wastewater Superintendent Bruce Bodell
Code Enforcement Officer David Dement
Parks, Recreation Director Mark Tanner
Council Member Wayne Broadway
Council Member Nathan Camp
Council Member Kerri King
Council Member Rob Olvey
Council Member Jamey Sullinger

City Facts

County: Randolph

Population: 7,371

Senate District: 19,20

House District: 61

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

410 N. Marr St.

Phone: (870) 892-3924

Fax: (870) 892-4284

Second Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site


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