Place:Hempstead, Arkansas, United States

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Hempstead County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2010, the population was 22,609. The county seat is Hope. Hempstead County is Arkansas's fourth county, formed on December 15, 1818, alongside Clark and Pulaski counties. The county is named for Edward Hempstead, a delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Missouri Territory, which included present-day Arkansas at the time. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Hempstead County is part of the Hope Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Historic Washington State Park is located in Hempstead County some nine miles northwest of Hope in the historic village of Washington, Arkansas. The state park opened in 1973 as "Old Washington Historic State Park", but the "Old" was dropped from the name in 2006. The park offers walking tours of the historic village, which contains more than a dozen historic structures from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1818 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1819 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1823 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1826 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1900 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1820 2,248
1830 2,512
1840 4,921
1850 7,672
1860 13,989
1870 13,768
1880 19,015
1890 22,796
1900 24,101
1910 28,285
1920 31,602
1930 30,847
1940 32,770
1950 25,080
1960 19,661
1970 19,308
1980 23,635
1990 21,621

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