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Canehill, Arkansas
Unincorporated community
Canehill Post Office
Canehill Post Office
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Washington
Township Cane Hill
Established 1839
Elevation 1,319 ft (402 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Zip code 72717
Area code(s) 479
GNIS feature ID 76520

Canehill is an unincorporated community in Cane Hill Township, Washington County, Arkansas, United States. Canehill is on Arkansas Highway 45 about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Fayetteville and 7 miles (11 km) east of the Oklahoma border.

Considered a postal designation (ZIP code 72717), the population of the ZCTA was 847 at the 2000 census. It is part of the FayettevilleSpringdaleRogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The post office at Canehill is located at 35°54′32″N 94°23′49″W / 35.90889°N 94.39694°W / 35.90889; -94.39694 (35.910992, -94.3862) and is 1319 feet above sea level.


Cane Hill College Building
Only one Cane Hill College building remains today.

In 1834, the Cumberland Presbyterians established the first collegiate learning institute in Arkansas, naming it the Cane Hill School, after a nearby geological feature. The current Post Office was opened in 1839 and was originally unnamed. In 1843, it was named Boonsboro, and the town maintained this name throughout the American Civil War. The year of 1862 brought the Battle of Cane Hill, named after the most prominent geological feature in the area. In 1897, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church considered Cane Hill College as the starting point for their "state" college. However, due to the nearby competition from Arkansas Industrial University, the decline of Cane Hill as a population center and its remote location, the Synod decided to open Arkansas Cumberland College in Clarksville, Arkansas, a more centralized location. In 1891, Cane Hill College closed its doors permanently. In 1901, the community's name was changed to the current usage, that of Canehill.

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