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Perry County

U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts

Perry County was created in December 1840 from the part of Conway County south of the Arkansas River. The county was named for Oliver Perry, a hero in the War of 1812, who said, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours."

About half of Perry County is in the Ouachita National Forest, and one of the county's principal industries is timber. One of the newest plants is Southern Chips, in the county's northeastern enterprise zone, which produces wood chips for Arkansas Kraft.

Cattle, hog and poultry production plus rice and soybeans make up the county's major agricultural activity. Other industry is located in the county, but many residents commute to surrounding counties for employment. Rural water systems under development by the county may improve the economic picture.

Because some much of the county is national forest, the county attracts many outdoor enthusiasts. Harris Brake Wildlife Management Area is the smallest in the system, but it is crowded during duck hunting season.

Lake Nimrod, built on the Fourche LaFave River for flood control and recreation, is known for water skiing, hunting and fishing. Situated between the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains, the lake is lined with pine and hardwood and offers boating, swimming, picnicking and camping. Harris Brake Lake is popular with anglers, and the Fourche LaFave River has large catfish. The eastern boundary of the county follows the Arkansas River for several miles.

The Perry County Courthouse, an 1888 structure, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

A Natural Heritage Area called the Perry Mountain Roadcut exposes varieties of sandstone, siltstone and shale of the Atoka Formation as well as some quartz.

The Heifer Project International Learning and Livestock Center located is a privately financed, nonprofit endeavor located on 1,200 acres in the county. For nearly 55 years, it has provided livestock and training to low income farmers in developing countries. In turn, the farmers pass on their newly acquired skills and the livestock's offspring to other needy families.

-- courtesy the Association of Arkansas Counties





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