Welcome to Howard County, Arkansas
Named in honor of James H. Howard, a senator who served the 17th district in the 1860’s, Howard County encompasses approximately 600 square miles that borders Polk, Montgomery, Sevier, Pike, and Hempsted counties in the southwest corner of the state. More than 14,000 people live in Howard County.
Students attend public schools in Umpire, Dierks, Nashville and Mineral Springs. In the fall of 2006, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas opened its new campus with a 45,000 square foot building in Nashville. In its first year at the new facility, the college enrolled between 500 and 600 students.
Howard County’s government operates from the county seat of Nashville. The county courthouse, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic places, was built in 1938-39 and is located on North Main Street. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center is located across the street and faces Isaac Perkins Blvd. The facility was built in 1993 to house 41 prisoners.
The topography of the county includes the Ouachita Mountains and the fertile soils of the Southern Costal plains. Two sparkling clear rivers, the Saline and Cossatot, thread their way through the county, eventually flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. Three lakes in the county, Dierks, Gillham, and Millwood, provide a variety of recreation on the water. One of the newest additions to Arkansas State Parks system is the Cossatot State Park and Natural Area, which is located on U.S. 278, west of Umpire The center 15,000 square feet, features a large exhibit gallery, two classroom/lab rooms, a wildlife viewing area, gift shop and park administrative offices.
Howard County’s natural resources are equally abundant. Gypsum wallboard, plywood, scissors, shears, plastic molding, plating, brooms and machinery, including weedeaters and chainsaws are all produced in Howard County. Timber, cattle, poultry and swine play vital roles in Howard County’s economy.