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Emmet, Arkansas
Location of Emmet in Hempstead County and Nevada County, Arkansas.
Location of Emmet in Hempstead County and Nevada County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Nevada, Hempstead
Area
 • Total 1.46 sq mi (3.79 km2)
 • Land 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
318 ft (97 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 415
 • Density 287.79/sq mi (111.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
71835
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-21610
GNIS feature ID 0048893

Emmet is a city in Nevada and Hempstead counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 67 and Arkansas Highway 299 in the Arkansas Timberlands region of southwest Arkansas. It is part of the larger Ark-La-Tex tri-state region. As of the 2010 census, the population of Emmet was 518.

History

The area around Emmet had long been inhabited by the Native American Caddo, prior to European colonization of the Americas. It consisted of gently rolling hills and prairies, interspersed with dense timber and fertile lowlands.

By the time of the Louisiana Purchase, the natural fauna was being removed in favor of more profitable crops. Wildlife that had been an important sustenance for Natives was also being removed and over time, the Caddo population was greatly diminished.

In the years following Arkansas statehood, settlers began flowing steadily into Arkansas. Some were following the Southwest Trail to Fulton, on the Red River, while others saw opportunity in the area where Emmet would be established.

In 1837, Martin Edwards secured one of the first Land Patents in Arkansas. His property encompassed the area that would include the community of Burkville; precursor to the City of Emmet.

Geography

Emmet is located at 33°43′35″N 93°28′17″W / 33.72639°N 93.47139°W / 33.72639; -93.47139 (33.726411, -93.471340).

The city is situated near the headwaters of the Terre Rouge Creek watershed which meanders northeastward for 17 mi, before joining the Little Missouri River at a point 11 mi east of Prescott and 6 mi northwest of Reader. The Prairie d'Ane is 8 mi northeast of Emmet, and the Prairie de Roan is 8 mi to the southwest. Both prairies were noted by Robert T. Hill, during the Arkansas Geological Survey of 1888.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Emmet has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 277
1910 270 −2.5%
1920 420 55.6%
1930 387 −7.9%
1940 465 20.2%
1950 482 3.7%
1960 474 −1.7%
1970 433 −8.6%
1980 475 9.7%
1990 446 −6.1%
2000 506 13.5%
2010 518 2.4%
2020 415 −19.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 506 people, 186 households, and 129 families residing in the city. The population density was 333.4 people per square mile (128.5/km2). There were 220 housing units at an average density of 145.0/sq mi (55.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.67% White, 20.16% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.20% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 0.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 186 households, out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 32.2% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,386, and the median income for a family was $26,250. Males had a median income of $24,107 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,726. About 30.0% of families and 33.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.4% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable places

National Register

  • Emmet Methodist Church, one of the few Akron Plan church buildings in Arkansas
  • Ephesus Cemetery, burial site for many of Emmet's early settlers

Commerce

  • B & P Pattern Lumber Sales, custom materials provider
  • CenterPoint Energy (Ark-La Gas Company), regional offices
  • Flaherty's Fish Farm, a fish hatchery

Ark-La Village

In 1959, Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company opened a western-themed tourist attraction at the direction of Wilton R. Stephens, founder of Stephens Inc. and Arkla Village. Ark-La Village was a re-creation of an 1880s western settlement where patrons could participate in the "daily life" of early pioneers. It was located on the company's property inside Emmet's northern city limits.

When first constructed, the "village" featured a saloon and general store, a livery stable, and a museum. Other attractions included a miniature train ride, a paddlewheel boat ride, a bowling alley, a restaurant, and a "jail" where comical, behind-the-bars photos could be taken. Connected with the village was a factory that built horse-drawn carriages and horse saddles.

Though popular with tourists and local citizens, it was the traffic along U.S. Highway 67 between Little Rock and Dallas that provided Ark-La Village with most of its patrons. That customer base was lost when the final section of Interstate 30 was completed in 1972. As a result, the village was closed in the early 1970s, with the restaurant and bowling alley closing a few years later.

In the following years, some portions of the property have been donated to the city of Emmet. Re-development has included a new city park and a building for public meetings.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary school students is available from the Blevins School District, which leads to graduation from Blevins High School.

On July 1, 2004 the Emmet School District consolidated into the Blevins School District. Emmet Elementary School and Emmet High School were formerly in operation.

Infrastructure

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