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Lake Village, Arkansas
Lake Village Commercial Historic District
Lake Village Commercial Historic District
Location of Lake Village in Chicot County, Arkansas.
Location of Lake Village in Chicot County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Chicot
Area
 • Total 2.39 sq mi (6.19 km2)
 • Land 2.39 sq mi (6.19 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
108 ft (33 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,065
 • Density 864.02/sq mi (333.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CDT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
71653
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-38170
GNIS feature ID 0058036

Lake Village is a city in and the county seat of Chicot County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,575 at the 2010 census. It is located in the Arkansas Delta. Lake Village is named for its location on Lake Chicot, an oxbow lake formed by the Mississippi River.

History

According to legend, the remains of Hernando de Soto might be buried under Lake Chicot. See List of sites and peoples visited by the Hernando de Soto Expedition.

Charles Lindbergh made his first nighttime flight over Lake Chicot and Lake Village in April 1923.

Lake Village has nine properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Carlton House, Chicot County Courthouse, Sam Epstein House, Gregory Dipping Vat, Lake Village Commercial Historic District, Lake Village Confederate Monument, Lake Village Post Office, Dr. E.P. McGehee Infirmary, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery (Historic Section), and the John Tushek Building. The nearby Lakeport Plantation is also listed.

Geography

Lake Village is located north of the center of Chicot County at 33°19′54″N 91°17′1″W / 33.33167°N 91.28361°W / 33.33167; -91.28361 (33.331592, -91.283497). It is situated on the west bank of Lake Chicot, a former course of the Mississippi River and now an oxbow lake. U.S. Routes 65 and 82 pass through the city. US 65 leads north 22 miles (35 km) to McGehee and south 17 miles (27 km) to Eudora, while US 82 leads west 31 miles (50 km) to Hamburg and east 21 miles (34 km) to Greenville, Mississippi. U.S. Route 278 follows US 65 north out of town and US 82 east to Mississippi.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Lake Village has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km2), all land. The city sits in the southernmost section of the Delta Lowlands of Arkansas and boasts beautiful scenic vistas of the Mississippi River.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,074
1920 1,449 34.9%
1930 1,582 9.2%
1940 2,045 29.3%
1950 2,484 21.5%
1960 2,998 20.7%
1970 3,310 10.4%
1980 3,088 −6.7%
1990 2,791 −9.6%
2000 2,823 1.1%
2010 2,575 −8.8%
2020 2,065 −19.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Lake Village Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 598 28.96%
Black or African American 1,285 62.23%
Native American 3 0.15%
Asian 20 0.97%
Other/Mixed 42 2.03%
Hispanic or Latino 117 5.67%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 2,065 people, 960 households, and 552 families residing in the city.

Transportation

In June 2008, construction was completed to convert the two-lane combined highway of 82, 65 and 278 inside of the city limits of Lake Village into a four-lane highway, with an added stoplight and sidewalks on both sides of the road. There has been no indication of whether plans for widening the highway further south to the Greenville Bridge over the Mississippi are still viable, or when construction might begin.

Economy

The economy of the area is based on agriculture. The crops grown are mainly cotton, soybeans and wheat. There is also a large aquacultural base, consisting mainly of catfish farmers. In addition, county government is an important employer as Lake Village is the county seat of Chicot County.

The state Tourist Information Center in Lake Village is located on a pier extending into Lake Chicot. It is the only tourist center in the state to be completely heated and cooled by solar energy. It is scheduled to be replaced by a more modern center.

Education

Public education is provided by Lakeside School District, which leads to graduation from Lakeside High School.

Notable people

See also

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