COMMUNITY - Yell County, Arkansas

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Baby Mockingbirds at Rob Hill (Spring 2000)
Courtesy of Katherine Etris

February 2003 Snowfall - View of Mt. Nebo from Ash Homestead Road

October sunrise in the Arkansas River Valley.

This is the image of the Petit Jean River Valley in Western Yell County from atop Mt. Magazine. In the distance you can see the Northern edge of the Ouachita Mountains.

View of Mt. Magazine from the Cedar Creek area, and the Dardanelle Courthouse by the Arkansas River.

Yell County, Arkansas, USA

Yell County is located in West Central Arkansas. Yell County contains portions of the Ozark as well as the Ouachita National Forests. Major rivers that pass through or border Yell County are the Arkansas, Petit Jean, and the Fourche LaFave. Our lakes include Lake Dardanelle, Lake Nimrod, Spring Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake. The county is mostly rural, with county seats in both Danville, and Dardanelle.

Our major industry is poultry production. There are three processing plants, two in Danville and one in Dardanelle, and many, many poultry farms. Yell County is also home to many cattle operations, and several row-crop production farms. Major row-crops produced are soybeans, corn, and rice.

Yell County has the nickname, "The Free State of Yell". According to a local legend, many years ago during an election that was district wide, the Yell County voters turned out in droves and put a candidate from Yell County over the top. The joke was that Yell County could turn out enough voters to achieve statehood, and thus "The Free State of Yell" was born. Don't know if it's true... but that's why they call them "legends".