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October 27, 1825


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George IzardIn the nineteenth century, Izard County served as a gateway to settlement across northern Arkansas and was the parent county of seven other counties. Later, Izard County's virgin yellow pine forests provided lumber to other parts of the state.
According to some historians, John Lafferty, a native of Ireland, traveled up the White River in 1802 to what became known as Lafferty Creek. He built a log cabin and attempted to claim 640 acres following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but his claim was denied because he had not lived on the land for ten years. In spite of this setback, Lafferty and his family established the county's first settlement at Lafferty Creek in 1810.
In 1825, the territorial government split off part of Independence County, naming the new county for Governor George Izard. Adding Osage (1827) and Cherokee (1828) lands, Izard County covered most of north-central Arkansas. In 1833, western Izard County was divided into Van Buren, Carroll, and Johnson counties. Later, sections of Izard County were split off to become Marion (1836), Fulton (1842), and parts of Baxter (1873) and Stone (1873) counties.
Izard's first county seat and post office (then called Liberty, now Norfork in Baxter County) were established at the mouth of the North Fork River at Jacob Wolf's trading post. Sheriff John Adams and Clerk John Houston (brother of Sam Houston) were the first elected officials. The county seat was moved to Athens in 1830 and to Mount Olive in 1836. Mill Creek (later renamed Melbourne) became the county seat in 1875. Courthouses there burned in 1889 and 1937. From 1938 to 1940, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from Camp Sage (near Sage) built the current courthouse. It is the only courthouse in the country partly heated by a wood-burning furnace.


Prosperity A. R. P. Church
Although technically in Wheeling, Fulton County, Many Izard County residents have roots in this church.
Izard County Cemeteries
History of Izard County
From "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas" by Goodspeed Publishing Company 1889
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Township Range Map of Izard County
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Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society

Dr. Brooks Blevins to address Izard historians

Brockwell, AR – The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at the Izard County Senior Center on Highway #9 South of Brockwell, Arkansas, at 2 P.M.

Mrs. Carolyn Atkinson, President of the society, states, "Dr. Brooks Blevins will be the speaker for the Summer Quarterly Meeting. He is a member of our society, and we look forward to hearing his informative presentation.  The public is welcome to attend the meeting and to enjoy refreshments after the session."
Blevins, a Violet Hill native and 1988 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, will discuss an event that took place just across the Izard County line in Fulton County. In 1868, the murder of Simpson Mason, the north Arkansas agent of the Freedmen’s Bureau, sparked a conflict between members of the Ku Klux Klan and militiamen from Arkansas and Missouri.
Widely regarded as the nation’s foremost expert on the history of the Ozarks, Blevins is the author or editor of seven books, including Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image and Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South. He is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield.

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Izard County Arkansas Vital Records


Izard County Clerk
P.O. Box 327
400 Court Street
Melbourne, AR 72556-0327
Phone: (870) 368-4328

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Adjacent Counties


Fulton County | Sharp County | Independence County | Stone County | Baxter County

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