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Marshall, Arkansas
Scenic overlook from US Hwy 65 south of Marshal, Arkansas
Scenic overlook from US Hwy 65 south of Marshal, Arkansas
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Location of Marshall in Searcy County, Arkansas.
Location of Marshall in Searcy County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 35°54′36″N 92°38′11″W / 35.91000°N 92.63639°W / 35.91000; -92.63639Coordinates: 35°54′36″N 92°38′11″W / 35.91000°N 92.63639°W / 35.91000; -92.63639
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Searcy
Area
 • Total 4.08 sq mi (10.58 km2)
 • Land 4.07 sq mi (10.55 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
1,040 ft (317 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,329
 • Density 326.30/sq mi (125.98/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72650
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-44300
GNIS feature ID 0077601
Raccoon Springs Park
Winter in Marshall's Raccoon Springs Park
Kenda Drive-In Marshall, Arkansas
The Kenda Drive-In Theater is an open year-round regional attraction showing first run feature movies.

Marshall is the largest city in and county seat of Searcy County. It is located in the Ozarks at the foot of the Boston Mountain Range 10.5 mi (16.9 km) south of America's first National River, the Buffalo National River. Marshall serves as a hub for area tourism including camping, floating, hiking, bicycling and Dark Sky viewing.

Geography

Marshall is located at 35°54′36″N 92°38′11″W / 35.909950°N 92.636370°W / 35.909950; -92.636370.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all of it land.

Major Highways

  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • Arkansas 27.svg Arkansas Highway 27

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 160
1890 278 73.8%
1900 260 −6.5%
1910 558 114.6%
1920 749 34.2%
1930 638 −14.8%
1940 822 28.8%
1950 1,189 44.6%
1960 1,095 −7.9%
1970 1,397 27.6%
1980 1,595 14.2%
1990 1,318 −17.4%
2000 1,313 −0.4%
2010 1,355 3.2%
2020 1,329 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,313 people, 594 households, and 355 families residing in the city. The population density was 506.1 people per square mile (195.7/km2). There were 712 housing units at an average density of 274.4 per square mile (106.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.32% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.30% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 594 households, out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 29.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,846, and the median income for a family was $27,500. Males had a median income of $22,857 versus $14,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,772. About 20.0% of families and 27.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.4% of those under age 18 and 25.7% of those age 65 or over.

Smith Barn
Smith Barn along US Highway 65 north of Marshall

History

The community was named for John Marshall, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Although Marshall was mostly destroyed during the Civil War, it grew during the nineteenth century. The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad sped the growth of the town during the early twentieth century. However, the post-World War I slump hit the area economies hard, causing an effect well known to other parts of the country.

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, Marshall has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Economy

In 2021 the Marshall economy is a diverse mixture of retail, general services, and some manufacturing. Located on US Highway 65 and near the Tyler Bend Visitor Center for the Buffalo National River, the city serves a large volume of traffic for travel and tourism. Marshall is a tourism trail hub with support services for a variety of trail activities including bicycling, motorcycles, ATV, horseback riding and hiking.

Education

Marshall, AR 001
Searcy County Library

Public education for elementary and secondary school students is available from the Searcy County School District, including Marshall ABC Preschool, Marshall Elementary School, Leslie Intermediate School in Leslie, and Marshall High School. Marshall High's mascot is the bobcat.

The Marshall High girls basketball team won back-to-back Class AAA state championships in 2007 and 2008.

In 1866 a tuition-based school opened in Marshall. The Arkansas Legislature established the Marshall School District in 1909. On July 1, 2004, the Marshall district and the Leslie School District consolidated to form the Searcy County School District. Originally a PreK-6 school serving all elementary grades for Marshall, Marshall Elementary School was reconfigured in 2012 as a K-4 serving the entire school district, then as K-3 in 2014. In 2012 Leslie Elementary School in Leslie was reconfigured as Leslie Intermediate School, an upper elementary school serving the whole district. In the 2019 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, Marshall High School was recognized as a bronze medal recipient. Marshall High School has also been designated as a School of Innovation.

The Jim G. Ferguson Searcy County Library was completed in 1961 through the efforts of Jim Ferguson, George Kendall and the citizens of the community. Mr. Ferguson was quoted as saying “Kids here are no different than kids anywhere else; all they need is an opportunity.” This Library offers a total of 8,524 sq. feet of resources with a 60,000 book & materials collection. Public computers are available for research, job searches etc., and Wi-Fi is available. The Genealogy Dept. is an LDS Affiliate Library with 5,000+ historical pictures of people and places as well as 2,400 historical records. There are also books, maps and microfilm available for research. There is a Genealogy Facebook page that has reached almost 23,000 people. In 2016, the Ferguson Foundation assisted the Library with creating “Hattie House” next door to the Library. This Youth Center provides free access to nutrition, supervised games, crafts, music and tutoring. The Library received the 2011 Arkansas Star Library Award.

Infrastructure

Major highways

  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • Arkansas 27.svg Arkansas Highway 27
  • Arkansas 74.svg Arkansas Highway 74

Airport

The Searcy County Airport (4A5) is a Level 2 general aviation airport. The airport has a Precision Approach Path Indicator, (PAPI) and features a 4003′ x 75′ lighted (MIRL) runway, runway strength 12,500 SW, rotating beacon, 120′ x 150′ hangar, 18′ side walls, 60′ stack doors, 8′ loading dock, and a large, paved apron.

Notable people

  • Elton Britt, western music yodeler
Sunrise on the square
Sunrise on the town square.

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