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Pottsville, Arkansas
"Downtown" Pottsville
"Downtown" Pottsville
Location of Pottsville in Pope County, Arkansas.
Location of Pottsville in Pope County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Pope
Area
 • Total 13.56 sq mi (35.11 km2)
 • Land 13.53 sq mi (35.05 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
381 ft (116 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,140
 • Density 232.04/sq mi (89.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72858
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-56990
GNIS feature ID 0078087

Pottsville is a city in Pope County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 2,838. It is part of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Pottsville is located at 35°14′56″N 93°2′49″W / 35.24889°N 93.04694°W / 35.24889; -93.04694 (35.248856, -93.046820). It is surrounded by Russellville to the west, Atkins to the east, and Crow Mountain to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2). 7.5 square miles (19 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.27%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 192
1910 205 6.8%
1920 275 34.1%
1930 293 6.5%
1940 308 5.1%
1950 224 −27.3%
1960 250 11.6%
1970 411 64.4%
1980 564 37.2%
1990 984 74.5%
2000 1,271 29.2%
2010 2,838 123.3%
2020 3,140 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Pottsville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,610 83.12%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 18 0.57%
Native American 26 0.83%
Asian 30 0.96%
Other/Mixed 149 4.75%
Hispanic or Latino 307 9.78%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,140 people, 1,031 households, and 840 families residing in the city.

Life

There are few large businesses in Pottsville with most or all being family- or self-owned. Workers for large companies usually commute to larger cities like Russellville.

The major events in the year are Butterfield Days, celebrating the history of the town when the Butterfield stagecoach Route ran through the town. This directly caused the rise of the town when the Potts family set up a boarding house for travellers to rest, creating a place for people to stay, instead of continuing onward. The Potts Inn is now a museum.

Basketball was the crowning sport in Pottsvile, before the recreation of a football team in 2002, which was the first Pottsville football team since the 1930s). Ultra-modern facilities have been in place at the high school for about seven years, replacing most of the older gymnasium which is now at the Middle Grades and Elementary grounds. That gym itself was the replacement for the old rock gym which was torn down in 2000 to build an annex to the Middle Grades building. These were probably inspired by the age and unique pine smell of the building. Recently there has been a new football facility added to further advance the beloved football team.

A large portion of people who are affiliated with Pottsville, though not inside the rather small city limits and thus not a portion of the population, reside on Crow Mountain - a hill which covers nearly as much area as the town of Pottsville itself and rises no more than about 250 feet in any area. Landmarks include Galla Creek. While the majority of people living here were once of the Jones clan, times have caused diversification and thinning of that family, showing how the community has grown.

  • Pottsville High School Web Site [1]
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