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Van Buren

Van Buren was founded in 1828 but wasn't incorporated until 1842, on Christmas eve. The first white man to come to the site of today's Van Buren was David Boyd and that was in 1818. Shortly thereafter Thomas Martin arrived and he was the first settler. In 1819 Daniel and Thomas Phillips started a wood yard close to Martins Claim and the community was called "Phillips Landing" since the Phillips supplied fuel for the steamboats that passed by on the Arkansas River. And in 1831 the first post office was opened. it got the name Van Buren, in honor of the new secretary of state, Martin Van Buren. After Arkansas had been admitted as a state in 1836 the town site was bought from Philips by John Drennen and David Thompson. From about 1837 the town started to grow and became an important trading town in north west Arkansas. The first train to ever enter Van Buren was on June 24 1876 and was from Little Rock. Van Buren court house caught on fire in 1877 and a lot of records were destroyed. Today Van Buren is a town of c. 19 000.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Joseph Hurst
Clerk/treasurer Phyllis Thomas
Assistant To Mayor Jennifer Froud
District Judge Chuck Baker
City Attorney Candice Settle-Beshears
Police Chief James Hammond
Fire Chief Tim Arnold
Street Superintendent Wayne Sandusky
Water Superintendent Steve Dufresne
Code Enforcement Officer Steven Gunter
Director Of Community Development Wally Bailey
Parks, Recreation Director Paul Dunn
Council Member Matt Dodson
Council Member Mike Kneeland
Council Member Jim Petty
Council Member Darral Sparkman
Council Member Alan Swaim
Council Member Tyler Wood

City Facts

County: Crawford

Population: 22,791

Senate District: 5,9

House Districts: 76,78,79

Congressional District: 3

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

Address:
1003 Broadway
VAN BUREN, AR 72956

Phone: (479) 474-1541

Fax: (479) 471-5034

Meetings:
Fourth Monday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: pthomas@vanburencity.org

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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.