A Brief History of Clinton, Arkansas

Natural Bridge near Clinton, Arkansas. Photo courtesy of Clinton, AR Chamber of Commerce.

Clinton is picturesquely located on the south fork of Little Red River, just above the Archey prong and in the central portion of Van Buren County, Arkansas. George Counts is thought to be the founder of Clinton. A post office was established and named Clinton on December 20, 1833. It is said that the settlement was named for New York governor DeWitt Clinton, but no record survives to explain why his name was used. No railroads were developed into the Clinton area, so transportation remained inconvenient until the advent of the automobile. In the 1920s, a highway was built between Clinton and Shirley, but it did not receive a hard surface until 1947 (Teske, 2019).


Teske, Steven. (2019, Feb. 6). Clinton (Van Buren County). Retrieved from encyclopediaofarkansas.net.

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