Area Information


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The best thing about Searcy County is its location in the middle of incredible recreational attractions, as well as being situated between two different urban scenes: Branson and the Little Rock area. To the east and west are national forests and wilderness areas offering hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, hunting, and fishing.

The Ozark Folk Center and Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View are nearby. The Buffalo National River in north Searcy County offers canoeing, floating, fishing, camping, and hiking along its pristine, clear waters, where one can see herds of elk. Quaint villages have their own charms, including old time general stores, antique shops, cozy cafes, and a bakery turning out artisan breads.

There are huge, clear water lakes to the north and south for water activities. Golfing and various musical events are all close by. Branson to the north is a bit of what Orlando is to Florida, but more country. Little Rock in the south has fine dining, cultural events, colleges, libraries, theatre, art galleries, and shopping. Click “Area Links” on the Home Page for more information.


Marshall, with a population of about 1,313, is a small rural town, but it has most of what you need for living: a town square with courthouse and government offices, a modern post office, several banks, insurance offices, a few lawyers, dentists, eye doctors, physical therapists, a veterinarian, and an industrial park located at the Searcy County Airport in Marshall which has a 4003’ long runway.

There is a well-equipped grocery store offering a good selection of produce, a fine butcher shop, a bakery, and a deli for snacks and lunch. There are several feed and general merchandise stores, an electronics store, a fine furniture store, an old fashioned hardware store, and several pharmacies and medical clinics. Dining out includes fast food places offering the best cheeseburgers, ice cream, and other snacks, a drive in burger and fries place, just like the old days, and a pizza place, a Mexican restaurant, and several country dining, home-style cooking restaurants. Churches abound. There is a drive in theatre. Marshall also provides elementary, junior and senior high schools. A hospital and specialty medical clinics can be found in nearby Clinton,as well as Conway and Little Rock.

p>Perhaps one of the more wonderful assets of Marshall is its public library with a great collection of books, books on tape, videos, DVDs, and a room full of computers dedicated to geneaology research. You can even check out fishing poles from the library for an day’s outing. The library also offers a book club for readers, a writers’ club for writers, and activities for the children. Computers linked to the internet are available for patrons’ use.

Best of all, real estate here is both affordable and attractive, in the prettiest county of Arkansas.


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Area History

Prior to the Louisiana Territory Purchase in 1803, the Ozarks were inhabited by Native American Indians and a few adventurous fur trappers. Around the 1820s, American settlers started moving to the area to establish farms along the Buffalo River and Bear Creek as well as Richland Creek and the forks of the Little Red River. The population of Searcy County peaked at nearly 15,000 in the period from 1910 to 1920, then steadily dropped to its present number of about 8,000 county wide. Logging was the main industry back then, harvesting white oak for railroad ties and barrel staves, black walnut for furniture, and cedar for pencils. Much of the present day county consists of cleared valleys housing cattle ranches and farms, lying between forested mountains and wilderness areas. The Buffalo River runs across the entire north section of Searcy County. In 1972, the Buffalo National River was designated a national scenic river and is noted for its pristine and unpolluted waters. Along with canoeing and floating the river, visitors and residents enjoy small mouth bass fishing in its clear, clean waters. The Buffalo River National Park is also home to some of the largest elk herds in the south.


Searcy County was named for Richard Searcy, a prominent pioneer lawyer and judge in Arkansas’ territorial days. The town of Marshall was originally called Burrowsville when it was first settled in about 1850, and is the county seat of Searcy County. Leslie was once a boom town and one of the biggest cities in northwest Arkansas, boasting seven hotels. When the railroads abandoned Leslie, it dwindled down to the scenic village it is today.

Gilbert is an old settlement north of Marshall, sitting on the Buffalo River. When the railroad ran there, Gilbert was a shipping point for cotton, zinc ore and timber products, boasting several mills, storage yards, cattle pens, two hotels, stores and even a saloon. In 1920, a millennialist religious group moved to Gilbert and built homes, a church, a schoolhouse, and a print shop to publish their religion’s newspaper. When the organization’s leader failed to raise people from the dead and other prophecies he made went unfulfilled, the leader suffered a nervous breakdown, then abruptly left town. His religious movement in Gilbert soon died. In 1946, the railroad in Gilbert shut down, and the town lapsed into the quiet village it is today. At Tyler Bend park facility, north of Marshall where Highway 65 crosses the Buffalo River, is a Visitor Center, open year round, which provides information and exhibits about the river and locale. Also at Tyler Bend is the Collier Homestead depicting an Ozark dwelling of the 1930s.

References:

Buffalo River Handbook, Kenneth L. Smith, 2004.

Off the Beaten Path – Arkansas, 7th Ed., Patti Delano and Carol Gicinto, 2005.

Scenic Driving the Ozarks, 2D Ed., Don Kurz, 2004.

History and Architectural Heritage of Searcy County, by William D. Baker



Area Airport

Searcy County has its own airport in the county seat of Marshall, where an industrial park is also located. This airport, known as the Searcy County Airport, is a Level 2 general aviation airport, featuring a 4003’ x 75’ lighted runway, rotating beacon, hangar and large paved apron.

More information on the airport and its location, approach, and amenities can be found at the links below:

Searcy County Airport:   http://www.searcycountyarkansas.org/index_files/Page583.html

Air Nav Site:  http://www.airnav.com/airport/4A5

More Info:  http://www.city-data.com/airports/Searcy-County-Airport-Marshall-Arkansas.html

More Airport Data:  http://www.airport-data.com/airport/4A5/


Area Maps

Below are two links to area maps, one featuring Searcy County, and the other showing the Ozark region of northwest Arkansas, in which Marshall is centrally located to many of the area’s attractions.

Searcy County map:
http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/media-detail.aspx?medialID=6789

Ozarks-Northwest Arkansas regional map:
www.arkansas.com/find_map/regiojmap.aspx?r=ozarks



Area Lodging

Being a rural area located near wilderness country, overnight transient lodging in the Marshall area is varied in amenities and scattered around  tourist destination sites and small scenic towns.  Below are some sample links to area lodging. 

For example, in Gilbert, the Gilbert Café offers nightly rental of a rustic cabin (see http://thegilbertcafe.com/) and near the Buffalo River are various cabin rentals, such as this one near Tyler Bend found at the link http://www.silverhill65.com/.  There is other lodging in the Buffalo River area of north Searcy County that one can find with Internet research.

In Leslie, only about 8 miles south of  Marshall, is the Killebrew House Bed and Breakfast located in a two story older home built around 1907, situated on the edge of the downtown area, within walking distance of the Leslie Café. More info at:  http://killebrewhouse.com/.

To the east, about 38 miles by modern road,  is Mountain View where more bed and breakfasts are found, as well as some motels.  Mountain View is famous for its Ozark Folk Center, Blanchard Springs Caverns, its downtown square where musicians gather in the evenings to play impromptu, and its quaint shops.
See http://www.ozarkgetaways.com/index.html.

To the south and southeast are the communities of Clinton and Fairfield Bay, where accommodations are also available, at a distance of some 30 minutes or so away.  At Fairfield Bay you will find resort amenities located on Greers Ferry Lake.  To find out more about the resort, see the website link: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/LITFB/main.wnt

The city of Conway is about an hour and a half south of Marshall, and  in that more urban area, you will find several hotels and motels to choose for accomodations.  One advantage of Conway is that it is only about one half hour from Little Rock, where the state’s major airport is located.

Some of the lodging available in Conway can be found at these links:

Conway Online: http://www.conwayonline.com/

Where to Stay in Conway: http://www.westarkansas.worldweb.com/ConwayAR/WheretoStay/HotelsMotels/index.html



Please note: Wheeler Realty does not endorse any of these sites in particular, but provides the links as only a convenient sample of area lodging. The links above are not all that is available in the area. Any exclusion of other lodging in the area from the list above is not intentional, nor any indication of the value of lodging not listed in these links. This page is merely a sample of what can be found on the Internet upon doing some research and looking around. You are free to do your own research for other lodging availability to fit your tastes and needs.




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