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|Elevation||1,506 ft (459 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||57339|
Batavia was a former incorporated town. In 1880, Roswell Underwood established the first post office in the former town. He named it Batavia after his hometown of Batavia, New York. The town was laid out in blocks. The first house on Main Street was built in 1912. Arkansas Highway 206 is where Main Street used to be located. The post office was closed in 1955. During its heyday, businesses included stores, hotels, a canning factory, a train depot, stockyards, mills, a corn gristmill, and a blacksmith shop. There was also a school and churches. By 1926, the passenger railroad stopped going through Batavia. While the community is bigger in terms of population and homes than it was as an incorporated town, the businesses are fewer. Batavia township still exists (see township population history) without any current incorporated towns inside of it.
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