Place:Crawford, Arkansas, United States

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Crawford County is a county located in the Ozarks region of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 61,948, making it the 12th-most populous of Arkansas's 75 counties. The county seat and largest city is Van Buren. Crawford County was formed on October 18, 1820 from the former Lovely County and Indian Territory, and was named for William H. Crawford, the United States Secretary of War in 1815.

Located largely within the Ozarks, the southern border of the county is the Arkansas River, placing the extreme southern edge of the county in the Arkansas River Valley. The frontier county became an early crossroads, beginning with a California Gold Rush and developing into the Butterfield Overland Mail, Civil War trails and railroads such as the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway, the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad, and the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway. Today the county is home to the intersection of two major interstate highways, Interstate 40 (I-40) and I-49. Crawford County is part of the Fort Smith metropolitan area. As a dry county, alcohol sales are generally prohibited, though recent changes to county law provide for exemptions.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1820 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1877 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1877 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1877 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1877 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
1830 2,440
1840 4,266
1850 7,960
1860 7,850
1870 8,957
1880 14,740
1890 21,714
1900 21,270
1910 23,942
1920 25,739
1930 22,549
1940 23,920
1950 22,727
1960 21,318
1970 25,677
1980 36,892
1990 42,493

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Crawford County, Arkansas, United States

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