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History and Facts of Arkansas Counties

Arkansas Counties were first formed while part of the Missouri Territory, and after that the Arkansas Territory. Arkansas contains 75 counties.

Arkansas contains 75 counties. Arkansas Counties were first formed while part of the Missouri Territory, and after that the Arkansas Territory.

Arkansas County was the first county created on December 13,1813. The last county to be formed was Cleburne County on February 20, 1883.

List of Arkansas Counties

Arkansas is divided into 75 counties.

List of Old Former / Extinct Arkansas Counties

Arkansas has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.

The below Arkansas  counties no longer exist:

Dorsey County, Arkansas

Created on April 17, 1873 from Dallas, Bradley, Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Named for Stephen W. Dorsey, the U.S. Senator from Arkansas. Renamed Cleveland County in 1885

Lovely County, Arkansas Territory

Created on October 13, 1827 from Crawford County and the Lovely Purchase. The county seat was Nicksville.

Lovely County included more of present day Oklahoma than present day Arkansas. The Oklahoma portion of the County was lost to Arkansas in 1828 with the Cherokee Treaty of that year.

Most of the remainder became Washington County on October 27, 1828.

Parts of Lovely County was used to form the following counties: Washington Other county boundry changes occured when According to D.Y. Thomas, “In 1816, William and Peter Lovely purchased a tract of land from the Osage Indians, which was included within the western boundary of Arkansas, as laid down in 1824, and was a large part of the county of Lovely, created in 1827. Unfortunately, this same region had been granted to the Cherokee Indians in 1818, creating difficulties which were not settled until 1828, when the present boundary of the State was established, and the most of Lovely County made a part of the Indian Territory. Such land as was left by this decision was included in Washington County, October 27, 1828, and the county officials were directed to take over the affairs and moneys of Lovely County.”

. Named for Stephen W. Dorsey, the U.S. Senator from Arkansas. Renamed Cleveland County in 1885

It was abolished ? and re-established as ? County on ?.

  • Lovely County, AR: Lovely County was Formed on October 13, 1827, from Crawford County and the Lovely Purchase. Lovely County included more of present day Oklahoma than present day Arkansas. The Oklahoma portion of the County was lost to Arkansas in 1828 with the Cherokee Treaty of that year. Most of the remainder became Washington County on October 27, 1828. Parts of Lovely County was used to form the following counties: Washington Other county boundry changes occured when According to D.Y. Thomas, “In 1816, William and Peter Lovely purchased a tract of land from the Osage Indians, which was included within the western boundary of Arkansas, as laid down in 1824, and was a large part of the county of Lovely, created in 1827. Unfortunately, this same region had been granted to the Cherokee Indians in 1818, creating difficulties which were not settled until 1828, when the present boundary of the State was established, and the most of Lovely County made a part of the Indian Territory. Such land as was left by this decision was included in Washington County, October 27, 1828, and the county officials were directed to take over the affairs and moneys of Lovely County.”
  • Old Miller County, AR: Formed on 1 April 1820 from Hempstead County. In 1828 a boundary change left old miller County entirely in Texas. In 1838, it was abolished to create Red River County, Texas. Extant records are at Arkansas History Commission includes Probate (1830-1838), Circuit Court (1830-1835), and Tax records (1832-1837). There was a courthouse fire in 1828. Available records for Old Miller County are in the George T. Wright Collection, Miller County Records, Territory of Arkansas, July 20, 1835 – March 17, 1838, University of Texas, Austin. Probate records have been published – see Old Miller County under books for sale
  • New Madrid County, AR: Now located in Missouri
  • Sarber County, AR: Formed on March 22, 1871 as Sarber County, Name changed to Logan in December 15, 1875

Arkansas County Boundary Changes

This Interactive Map of Arkansas Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Arkansas in 1813.

Fun Facts about Arkansas Counties

Counties by Year

  • Arkansas County was the first county created on December 13, 1813.
  •  The last county to be formed was ? County on February 20, 1883.

Facts for County Size

Facts for County Population (2017 Est.)

Facts for Arkansas Counties and Cities

Arkansas’s 10 largest cities (2010) are:

    1. Little Rock (196,188) is in Pulaski County
    2. Fort Smith (87,193) is in Sebastian County
    3. Fayetteville 77,264) is in Washington County
    4. Springdale (73,789) is in Washington County and Benton County
    5. Jonesboro (70,217) is in Craighead County
    6. North Little Rock (64,731) is in Pulaski County
    7. Conway (62,455) is in Faulkner County
    8. Rogers (58,944) is in Benton County
    9. Pine Bluff (47,058) is in Jefferson County
    10. Bentonville (38,572) is in Benton County