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     The county was formed on November 2, 1829, as the first Arkansas county to be formed from the old Cherokee reservation, from a portion of Crawford County and named for John Pope, the third governor of the Arkansas Territory. The first county seat was at Scotia in the home of Judge Andrew Scott, the only presiding judge at the first Superior Court of Arkansas. A courthouse was never built because this was always intended to be a temporary location. In 1830, the county seat was temporarily moved to Norristown, which no longer exists and was never officially incorporated. First settled by Samuel Norris in 1829. The city of Russellville was founded in the 1830s near the site of Norristown, fueled by the growing coal and cotton industries of the area, but the city of Dover became the county seat in 1840. Pope County's first courthouse was a log cabin.. As Russellville and nearby Atkins grew, they drew commerce away from Dover, and an election was held on March 19, 1887, moving the county seat. Russellville won by a margin of less than 100 votes, and, by July, construction was under way on the new courthouse. The building was never completed; a clock tower was built, but clocks were never installed. The building became unsafe and was torn down in 1930. A new courthouse was completed in 1931.


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Arkansas Dept of Health

Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

Arkansas State Archives

Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.

Arkansas Genealogical Society

  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
Circuit Clerk
100 West Main St.
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone (479)968-6989
Fax (501)967-8463
County Clerk
100 West Main St.
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone (479) 968-6064
Pope County Historical Association
806 Knights Court
Russellville, AR 72801
fax: 479-967-5027
Museum of Prehistory and History
1502 North El Paso Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
fax 479-964-0872

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