Maps Showing the How the Counties of Arkansas Developed
After the Louisiana Purchase of May 1803, Arkansas was a territory and part of Missouri. After becoming a state , Arkansas County (formed December 13, 1815) begin splitting off into other counties. Lawrence was first split on January 15, 1815. Then, on December 15, 1819, Pulaski, Clark, and Hempstead were formed. These are usually cited as the first five counties of the State of Arkansas.
Nevada County was formed on March 20, 1871, mostly from land in the original Hempstead County. By then, the land was in Hempstead, Columbia and Clark counties.
The following maps are provided to show how the counties of Arkansas formed.
Maps and research are courtesy of:
Desmond Walls Allen
Arkansas Research, Inc.
PO Box 303, Conway, AR 72033
501/470-1120 voice and fax
Arkansas Territory 1819
Arkansas Counties in 1836
Arkansas Counties in 1850Nevada County was formed on March 20, 1871, mostly from land in one of Arkansas' original five counties, Hempstead. By 1871, the land used to form Nevada County was in Hempstead, Columbia, and Clark counties.
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