Place:Ouachita, Arkansas, United States

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Ouachita County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2010, the population was 26,120. The county seat is Camden. The county was formed on November 29, 1842, and named for the Ouachita River. The county is part of the Camden Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is a former Democratic Party stronghold and the home of the Pryor family, which includes two U.S. senators, David Pryor (1978–1997) and his son Mark Pryor (elected 2002). The elder Pryor is also a former Arkansas governor and congressman. In 1972, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon became the first Republican presidential nominee in the 20th Century to win a majority in Ouachita County. Much later, in the 2008 presidential election, U.S. Senator John S. McCain won the county by nearly ten percentage votes over Senator Barack Obama, following President George W. Bush's victory over Senator John F. Kerry in 2004.

The county is served by a daily newspaper, The Camden News.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1842 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1869 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1875 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1875 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1876 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

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 9,591
1860 12,936
1870 12,975
1880 11,758
1890 17,033
1900 20,892
1910 21,774
1920 20,636
1930 29,890
1940 31,151
1950 33,051
1960 31,641
1970 30,896
1980 30,541
1990 30,574

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