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Chicot County, Arkansas

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Welcome to the Chicot County, Arkansas!

Chicot County is Arkansas's tenth county, formed on October 25, 1823, and named after Point Chicot on the Mississippi River. It is part of the Arkansas Delta, historically important for cotton cultivation. The name Chicot, French for stumpy, is after the many cypress stumps and trees along its banks

When it was first established, the county’s borders encompassed much more land than in modern times, extending to the Saline and Ouachita rivers in the west and to within ten miles of the Arkansas River on the north. This included the present-day counties of Desha, Drew, and Ashley counties as well as present-day Chicot County.

Maps and Boundaries

  • Desha County (north)
  • Washington County, Mississippi (east)
  • Issaquena County, Mississippi (southeast)
  • East Carroll Parish, Louisiana (south)
  • West Carroll Parish, Louisiana (southwest)
  • Ashley County (west)
  • Drew County (northwest)

Communities

Cities

  • Dermott
  • Eudora
  • Lake Village (county seat)

Unincorporated communities

  • Arkla
  • Bellaire
  • Cosgrove
  • Chicot Junction
  • Empire
  • Farmwood
  • Indian
  • Grand Lake
  • Hudspeth
  • Jennie
  • Lakeport
  • Lakehall
  • McMillian Corner
  • Readland
  • Ross Van Ness
  • Shives
  • Stuart Island
  • Wellford

Ghost Town

  • Eunice

Townships:

  • Bowie (Dermott)
  • Carlton (Lake Village)
  • Planters (Eudora)

Historical Landmarks

Landmarks around the county include Lake Chicot, North America's largest oxbow lake and Arkansas's largest natural lake; the site of Charles Lindbergh's first night-time flight; and the legendary burial site of Hernando De Soto, near Lake Village.

Notables

  • Larry D. Alexander - visual artist and author
  • Jim Cain - American player of gridiron football
  • Robert L. Hill - founder of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America
  • Mark D. McElroy - State representative for Chicot County since 2013; resides in Desha County
  • Lycurgus Johnson, the owner of the Lakeport Plantation, later a state congressman.
  • Daniel Harris Reynolds (1832–1902) Lawyer, Confederate general, and politician

Ongoing Projects for Chicot County

  1. Chicot County Cemeteries need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree. See the Arkansas Cemeteries Project
  2. Chicot County Homesteaders Add profiles for those who obtained land grants and homesteaded in Arkansas. See the Homesteaders Project
  3. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about Arkansas state tribes.
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