Desha County

Desha County, Arkansas

PO Box 188
Arkansas City, AR 71630
Phone: (870) 877-2426
Fax: (870) 877-2531

On southeastern border of AR, southeast of Pine Bluff; organized Dec 12, 1838 from Arkansas County. Name Origin: For Capt. Benjamin Desha (?-1835), officer in the War of 1812

Area (sq mi):: 819.52 (land 764.99; water 54.53) Population per square mile: 18.80
Population 2005: 14,358 State rank: 53 Population change: 2000-20005 -6.40%; 1990-2000 -8.70% Population 2000: 15,341 (White 49.60%; Black or African American 46.30%; Hispanic or Latino 3.20%; Asian 0.30%; Other 2.90%). Foreign born: 2.10%. Median age: 35.50
Income 2000: per capita $13,446; median household $24,121; Population below poverty level: 28.90% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $17,542-$21,078
Unemployment (2004): 9.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.70% Median travel time to work: 18.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 19.60%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Desha County has nine physicians, eight MDs and one osteopath.
Upper Bayou-Macon, Arkansas: NRCS will work with Desha County Conservation District and others to implement water quality practices on 35 percent of high-priority acres to significantly reduce nutrient and sediment loading to Upper Bayou Macon and improve habitat for four threatened and endangered aquatic species found in Bayou Macon the Pallid Sturgeon, Fat Pocketbook, Pink Mucket and Scaleshell.
Never mind that the deer was the biggest he had ever seen lay a hoofprint in the black mud of eastern Desha County.
The next largest collection was 55 pallid shiners taken by seine on 18 August 1998 from the Arkansas River in Desha County.
Born in the Delta, a recent contribution to this literary enterprise, is Margaret Jones Bolsterli's memoir of her early years in Desha County, Arkansas, in the Delta near the confluence of the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.
Joseph, a member of the Desha County 4-H and a junior at McGehee High School, played a pivotal role in expanding a Boys and Girls Club meal program that feeds children from poor families in his county.
Army Corps of Engineers Montgomery Point Lock and Dam Project, located at the White River Entrance Channel at the Mississippi River-Mile 599, in Desha County, Arkansas.
Features the Old Opera House, a museum that includes an 1850 log house, 1800s store buildings and the Desha County Courthouse.
Moore, owner and operator of Moore Farms in Desha County, is serving a 10-year term on the state highway commission that expires in 2023.
He also serves on the Dumas Economic Development Committee board of directors, the Desha County Farm Bureau board and the Desha-Chicot County Port Authority.
In the future, the growth of the Delta Resort near McArthur, the opening of the Delta Heritage Trail State Park in Arkansas City and the World War II Japanese American Internment Museum can provide a combination of activities for visitors to Desha County.