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About Van Buren

Van Buren, Arkansas





Clockwise, from top: US 64/US 71B bridge over the Arkansas River, Van Buren Train Depot, Crawford County Bank Building, Main Street in the Van Buren Historic District, Crawford County Courthouse
Clockwise, from top: US 64/US 71B bridge over the Arkansas River, Van Buren Train Depot, Crawford County Bank Building, Main Street in the Van Buren Historic District,Crawford County Courthouse
Location of Van Buren, Arkansas







Phillips Landing and earlier

The area was settled by David Boyd and Thomas Martin in 1818. After Arkansas became a territory in 1819 Daniel and Thomas Phillips constructed a lumber yard in the community to serve as a fuel depot for traffic along the Arkansas River. In 1831 a post office was constructed for the community, at the time known as Phillips Landing. This post office was named after the newly appointed Secretary of State, Martin Van Buren.

John Drennen, along with his partner David Thompson, purchased the area for US$11,000. They moved their business of supplying firewood for steamboats to this new location on higher ground. The courthouse was constructed on a lot of land donated by Drennen on the condition that Van Buren become the county seat. The Drennen Reserve is one of the town's existing historical sites from the 1830s.




Van Buren was first incorporated December 24, 1842.




Battle of Van Buren, 1862

1888 bird's eye view of Van Buren

On December 28, 1862, Unionand Confederate forces clashed along the Arkansas River in and around Van Buren resulting in a defeat for the Confederate army, driving them south across the river with minimal casualties. The Union forces captured 100 prisoners, as stated in a battle report by Major General Samuel R. Curtis.




1996 tornado

On April 21, 1996, at 11:12 p.m., a category F3 tornado hit the Fort Smith/Van Buren area causing extensive damage.

The tornado, which spawned in Oklahoma and crossed into west Fort Smith near the confluence of the Arkansas andPoteau rivers, killed 2, injured 89 and cost $300 million in damage. The fatalities were small children from Fort Smith. At its worst, the tornado was one half mile across. After leaving the downtown area of Fort Smith, it traveled northwest through industrial and residential sections of north Fort Smith, then crossed the Arkansas River again into the Mount Vista area on the west side of Van Buren and damaged a highly residential area where no fatalities occurred, although this area was very populated at the time. The total distance it traveled on the ground was 7 miles (11 km). In total, there were around 1,800 homes damaged, the majority of which were in Van Buren.






Van Buren is home to many large corporations within the state and employs a great deal of the city's population within its Port and Industrial Park district. Manufacturing, food processing, and medicine are sustaining industries in Van Buren. Major employers include poultry processors Tyson Foods and Simmons, the Van Buren School District, USA Truck, Allens andSummit Medical Center.







Arts and architecture

Van Buren is home of the King Opera House, a Victorian-style performance hall from the late 19th century, part of the old downtown historic area. At the south end of the historical downtown is the Crawford County courthouse, the oldest functioning courthouse west of the Mississippi River. To the north is the Old Frisco Station which was originally a station on the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, pictured at the top of this page.


Part of historic downtown Van Buren


As part of the primary Fort Smith metropolitan area, many Fort Smith based television stations including KHBS and KFSM, whose radio mast is built in Van Buren, provide local news and weather. The city's major newspaper is the Van Buren Press Argus-Courier, however many people also read Fort Smith's Southwest Times Record, as well as the Northwest Edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.





Sites of interest

King Opera House





Arkansas River in Van Buren
The Arkansas River in Van Buren












SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Buren,_Arkansas

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