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Nashville, Arkansas
City
Official seal of Nashville, Arkansas
Seal
Motto: "Sharing the Hometown Feeling"
Location in Howard County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Howard County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Howard
Area
 • Total 4.6 sq mi (11.9 km2)
 • Land 4.6 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 383 ft (116 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,627
 • Density 39/sq mi (442.2/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 71852
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-48560
GNIS feature ID 0077792
Website City of Nashville Arkansas

Nashville is a city in Howard County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 4,627 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Howard County.

Nashville is situated at the base of the Ouachita foothills and was once a major center of the peach trade in southwest Arkansas. Today the land is mostly given over to cattle and chicken farming. The world's largest dinosaur trackway was discovered near the town in 1983.

History

Mine Creek Baptist Church was built along the banks of Mine Creek by the Rev. Isaac Cooper Perkins (1790–1852) in the area where Nashville now stands around 1835. Settlers later established a post stop along the settlement roads in 1840, and a post office incorporated in 1848. Michael Womack (1794–1861), a Tennessee native reputed to have killed the British General Edward Packenham during the War of 1812, settled in the area with his family in 1849. The area was then known by locals as Mine Creek, but was also called Hell's Valley and Pleasant Valley.

Settlement in the area progressed slowly but steadily, though industry declined during the American Civil War. Following the war, the village's prospects improved, industry and settlement picked up, and the town was officially incorporated as Nashville on 18 October 1883, with D.A. Hutchinson serving as the first mayor. Womack is attributed with first proposing the name and called the town after Nashville, Tennessee. The following year, Nashville and Hope were connected via railroad, spurring further growth, and the county seat was relocated from Center Point to Nashville. With the establishment of county government in the town, and due to the increased trade and access brought by the railroad, Nashville continued to grow. The town had a population of 928 in 1900, and boasted "a cotton-compress and gin" and a "bottling-works"; by 1920 the population had risen to 2,144.

In the years before the Great Depression, Nashville was a prosperous, if small, town. According to Herndon (1922:903), Nashville was "a banking town, with electric lights, waterworks, an ice and cold storage plant, a canning factory, foundries, machine shops, a flour mill, two newspapers, a brick factory, fruit box and crate factory, mercantile concerns... well-kept streets, [and] modern public schools.". An EF2 tornado struck the town on May 10, 2015 and killed two people.

Geography

Nashville is located at 33°56′31″N 93°50′53″W / 33.94194°N 93.84806°W / 33.94194; -93.84806 (33.942079, −93.847958).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which, 4.6 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.87%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 172
1890 810 370.9%
1900 928 14.6%
1910 2,374 155.8%
1920 2,144 −9.7%
1930 2,469 15.2%
1940 2,782 12.7%
1950 3,548 27.5%
1960 3,579 0.9%
1970 4,016 12.2%
1980 4,554 13.4%
1990 4,639 1.9%
2000 4,878 5.2%
2010 4,627 −5.1%
Est. 2015 4,479 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,878 people, 1,857 households, and 1,179 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,067.7 people per square mile (412.1/km²). There were 2,136 housing units at an average density of 467.5 per square mile (180.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.96% White, 30.21% Black or African American, 5.25% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.39% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 6.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,857 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,480, and the median income for a family was $28,611. Males had a median income of $24,494 versus $17,480 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,258. About 18.7% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.4% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Museums and other points of interest

The National Register of Historical Places lists several entries of significant historical value from Nashville. Among them:

  • The First Christian Church building, built in the Late Gothic Revival style in the early 20th century, is still an active church.
  • The Howard County Museum is located in the First Presbyterian Church building, built in the Eastlake style in the early 1900s.
  • Garrett Whiteside Hall is all that remains of the Nashville High School complex built in the 1930s. It is used for storage and special activities by the local school district.
  • Elbert W. Holt House, and Flavius Holt House, Colonial Revival structures, are still used as private residences.
  • Howard County Courthouse is one of the few public buildings in Arkansas built in the Moderne or Art Deco style.

Dinosaur discoveries

The largest find of dinosaur trackways in the world was discovered by SMU archaeology graduate student Brad Pittman in a quarry north of the town in 1983, the site of a prehistoric beach. A field of 5–10,000 sauropod footprints were found in a mudstone layer covering a layer of gypsum. Casts 65 feet (20 m) long and 7 feet (2.1 m) wide were made and put on permanent display, first at the courthouse and finally at the Nashville City Park, while many of the original tracks were disbursed to local museums such as the Mid-America Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas and the Arkansas Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. The full extent of the trackway has never been excavated.

Civic and religious organizations

Nashville has active chapters of national and international fraternal service organizations, including Lions Clubs International and Rotary International. In the 1960s and again in the 1980s–90s, Nashville supported several Boy Scouts of America troops as well.

2009 marked the 160th anniversary of the Pleasant Valley Masonic Lodge in Nashville. There has been an uninterrupted Masonic presence in Nashville since this time. The original lodge was founded with 165 members, and was named before the township changed its name to Nashville.

The Elberta Arts & Humanities Council is located in Nashville, hosted by the Elberta Arts Center. The Center is a permanent collection of art from local artists and hosts ongoing exhibits of local work and items of regional interest, such as the original 1950s electronic marquee from the Art Deco, 1,500-seat Elberta Theater (1943–1996).

Nashville is home to a variety of religious groups, representing congregations among the Assemblies of God, Baptists, Methodists, the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Roman Catholic Church, the Churches of Christ, Christian Churches, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, as well as non-denominational, charismatic, and Pentecostal congregations.

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


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