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Dierks, Arkansas
Location of Dierks in Howard County, Arkansas.
Location of Dierks in Howard County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Howard
Area
 • Total 1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)
 • Land 1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
443 ft (135 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 916
 • Density 477.33/sq mi (184.28/km2)
Time zone Central
 • Summer (DST) Central
ZIP code
71833
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-18970
GNIS feature ID 2404228

Dierks is a city in Howard County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 916 as of the 2020 census, down from 1,133 in 2010.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land. It is located at 34°7′11″N 94°1′3″W / 34.11972°N 94.01750°W / 34.11972; -94.01750 (34.119793, -94.017452).

History

Dierks was formerly known as Hardscrabble. It was then changed to Dierks after Herman Dierks, who owned the Dierks Lumber Company. Dierks has a lake that is used as a fishing spot. It also has three different areas to camp: Jefferson Ridge, Blue Ridge, and Horseshoe Bend.

In 2007, Dierks celebrated its 100th birthday.

Dierks holds an annual Pine Tree Festival the first weekend in August every year. Vendors set up booths and there are games and activities throughout the weekend. There is a loader contest, BBQ cook-off, tractor show, car show, talent show, and on Saturday there is a concert with a country singer or band. In 2008, Craig Morgan was the artist. Throughout the years many country music artists played the Pine Tree Festival. Examples are Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Skeeter Davis, and John Anderson.

There are two schools in the city, JoAnn Walters Elementary School and Dierks High School. They are the Outlaws and the actual mascot uniform is a horse named Blue. Their colors are royal blue and white.

2009 Tornado

Severe thunderstorms that moved through southwest Arkansas on April 9, 2009 produced an EF3 tornado that destroyed the city’s water treatment plant. A training technician from the Arkansas Rural Water Association helped the utility operators establish a temporary connection to the neighboring Nashville Rural Water System until the National Guard could deliver a pair of portable water purification systems. The Boy Scouts of America helped to give water bottles to families that were on the city water.

2010 Tornado

There was also a smaller tornado in 2010 which hit the local laundromat and tore down a few power lines. No injuries or deaths were reported.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 272
1920 1,495 449.6%
1930 1,544 3.3%
1940 1,459 −5.5%
1950 1,253 −14.1%
1960 1,276 1.8%
1970 1,159 −9.2%
1980 1,249 7.8%
1990 1,263 1.1%
2000 1,230 −2.6%
2010 1,133 −7.9%
2020 916 −19.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Dierks racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 793 86.57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 5 0.55%
Native American 19 2.07%
Other/Mixed 32 3.49%
Hispanic or Latino 67 7.31%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 916 people, 376 households, and 213 families residing in the city.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Dierks has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Education

Public education

Public education for elementary and secondary students is primarily provided by the Dierks School District, which includes:

  • JoAnn Walters Elementary School, serving prekindergarten through grade 6.
  • Dierks High School, serving grades 7 through 12. The school's sports teams are the Outlaws, and the mascot is a horse. The school's colors are royal blue and white. Under the leadership of Coach Doug Norwood, the Outlaws were the 1975 Class B football state champions. The championship is the only state championship in the school’s history.

Public library

The Dierks Branch Library is a branch library of the Southwest Arkansas Regional Library system.

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