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Glenwood, Arkansas
Broadway Street at 2nd Street in Glenwood, November 2011
Broadway Street at 2nd Street in Glenwood, November 2011
Location of Glenwood in Montgomery County and Pike County, Arkansas.
Location of Glenwood in Montgomery County and Pike County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Pike, Montgomery
Area
 • Total 9.08 sq mi (23.52 km2)
 • Land 8.91 sq mi (23.08 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Elevation
600 ft (183 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,068
 • Density 232.12/sq mi (89.62/km2)
Time zone Central
 • Summer (DST) Central
ZIP Code
71943
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-27310
GNIS feature ID 2403707

Glenwood is a city in Pike and Montgomery counties in Arkansas, United States. The community is located along the Caddo River in the Ouachita Mountains. Glenwood was formed as a boomtown following the development of the Gurdon and Fort Smith Railroad and timber interests in the area. After the establishment of a lumber mill, the community received a post office and incorporated in April 1909. Although the community saw its major employer leave during the Great Depression, the city has again seen rapid growth in recent decades. The city also sees significant tourism related to its scenic position in the Ouachitas and among several recreational lakes.

Geography

Glenwood is located at 34°19′41″N 93°32′54″W / 34.32806°N 93.54833°W / 34.32806; -93.54833 (34.328029, -93.548412).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (16 km2), of which 5.64 square miles (14.6 km2) is land and 0.36% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 768
1920 891 16.0%
1930 1,310 47.0%
1940 854 −34.8%
1950 843 −1.3%
1960 840 −0.4%
1970 1,212 44.3%
1980 1,402 15.7%
1990 1,354 −3.4%
2000 1,751 29.3%
2010 2,228 27.2%
2020 2,068 −7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

2020 census

Glenwood racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,476 71.37%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 13 0.63%
Native American 18 0.87%
Asian 3 0.15%
Other/Mixed 72 3.48%
Hispanic or Latino 486 23.5%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,068 people, 843 households, and 534 families residing in the city.

Arts and culture

See also: Culture of Arkansas

Annual cultural events

The Pike County Fairgrounds is host to the Rhythm N' Roots Festival, an annual festival featuring music and a car/motorcycle show. It takes place in October each year.

Tourism

Glenwood is the site of Billy's House of Guitars and Musical Museum, which includes instruments and memorabilia from notable guitarists such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Elvis Presley and Pete Seeger. The museum is located on Broadway Street (U.S. Route 70B) in downtown Glenwood. The Glenwood Country Club is located on US 70 east of town. An 18-hole public course with lodging and restaurant, the facility is listed on the Natural State Golf Trail, a collection of twelve elite courses in unique locations across the state.

The city also sees significant tourism associated with the region's natural attractions. Canoeing and fishing are available on the Caddo River, which flows through the city before widening into DeGray Lake. The Little Missouri Falls area is a day-use area featuring picnic areas with grills, a hiking trail, and scenic overlook. Crater of Diamonds State Park, DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Lake Greeson and Lake Ouachita are also nearby, offering further recreational opportunities to residents and visitors.

Economy

The largest businesses/employers in Glenwood include John Plyler Home Center, Wright's Food Center, Shelby Manufacturing, Caddo River Forest Products, and the Centerpoint School District.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary school students in almost all of the municipality (almost all of the portion in Pike County) is provided by Centerpoint School District. Area students graduate from Centerpoint High School.

The Amity School District merged with the Glenwood School District to form the Centerpoint district on July 1, 1995.

A small sliver within Montgomery County is in the Caddo Hills School District, which graduates students via Caddo Hills High School.

A small sliver in Pike County is in the Kirby School District, which graduates students through Kirby High School.

Notable person

  • Clark Duke
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