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Arbyrd, Missouri
Welcome sign along Route 108
Welcome sign along Route 108
Location of Arbyrd, Missouri
Location of Arbyrd, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Dunklin
Arbyrd 1919
Area
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
246 ft (75 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 509
 • Estimate 
(2019)
462
 • Density 460.16/sq mi (177.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63821
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-01630
GNIS feature ID 0713370
Website arbyrdmissouri.com

Arbyrd is a small town in southwest Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. The population was 509 at the 2010 census. The town was officially incorporated in 1919.

History

A post office called Arbyrd has been in operation since 1911. The town's name is a contraction of A. R. Byrd, a land and cattle speculator from the St. Louis area that lived near San Antonio, Texas, at the time he purchased just over 4000 acres of mostly hardwood timber land just to the north of where the town was originally platted.

Geography

Arbyrd is located at 36°3′2″N 90°14′20″W / 36.05056°N 90.23889°W / 36.05056; -90.23889 (36.050607, -90.238760).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land.

Climate

Climate data for Arbyrd, Missouri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 74
(23.3)
80
(26.7)
86
(30)
94
(34.4)
98
(36.7)
105
(40.6)
112
(44.4)
109
(42.8)
106
(41.1)
97
(36.1)
87
(30.6)
78
(25.6)
112
(44.4)
Average high °F (°C) 44
(6.7)
50
(10)
60
(15.6)
71
(21.7)
80
(26.7)
89
(31.7)
93
(33.9)
91
(32.8)
84
(28.9)
74
(23.3)
60
(15.6)
48
(8.9)
70.3
(21.3)
Average low °F (°C) 25
(-3.9)
29
(-1.7)
38
(3.3)
47
(8.3)
57
(13.9)
65
(18.3)
69
(20.6)
67
(19.4)
59
(15)
47
(8.3)
38
(3.3)
29
(-1.7)
47.5
(8.61)
Record low °F (°C) −12
(-24.4)
−4
(-20)
0
(-17.8)
24
(-4.4)
34
(1.1)
43
(6.1)
50
(10)
46
(7.8)
34
(1.1)
24
(-4.4)
12
(-11.1)
−6
(-21.1)
22
(-5.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.37
(85.6)
3.84
(97.5)
4.85
(123.2)
4.92
(125)
5.59
(142)
4.03
(102.4)
3.63
(92.2)
2.66
(67.6)
3.29
(83.6)
3.93
(99.8)
4.95
(125.7)
4.55
(115.6)
49.61
(1,260.1)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 253
1940 489 93.3%
1950 679 38.9%
1960 667 −1.8%
1970 575 −13.8%
1980 704 22.4%
1990 597 −15.2%
2000 528 −11.6%
2010 509 −3.6%
2019 (est.) 462 −9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 509 people, 198 households, and 124 families residing in the city. The population density was 509.0 inhabitants per square mile (196.5/km2). There were 228 housing units at an average density of 228.0 per square mile (88.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.30% White, 0.20% Native American, 4.72% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.25% of the population.

There were 198 households, of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.4% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.24.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 18.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Local legends and phenomena

According to local legend [1] there is a ghostlight (or "spooklight") near Arbyrd. This "Light" is known variously as the "Arbyrd Light" or as the "Senath Light." The alleged location actually lies between three towns (Arbyrd, Senath and Hornersville) on an old gravel road near the community known as Hollywood. Some think it may be a gas anomaly from old dumpsites. A local farmer cut down trees surrounding one of the locations of the light in 2009. But, according to locals, there are two sites where the light was mostly seen. These sites are fairly close together. The second site, where the trees were not cut, is located out on a gravel road near the LuLu cemetery.

Culture/notable people

The Missouri Bootheel was the home of two members of The Kentucky Headhunters, Doug and Ricky Phelps. They grew up in Cardwell and Arbyrd and obtained their education from the Southland C-9 school district. Doug and Ricky were both members of the Headhunters who then left to form their own band called - Brother Phelps. Once Ricky decided to take his music into a more gospel arena, Doug rejoined the Kentucky Headhunters as the lead singer. Doug and Ricky came back (as Brother Phelps) to the Missouri Bootheel. They performed at the Cotton Pickin Festival in Arbyrd, a place where they spent lots of time while growing up.

Education

Arbyrd has a public library, a branch of the Dunklin County Library.

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