November 15, 1833
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| Scott County is Arkansas' 28th county, formed on November 15, 1833, and named for Andrew Scott, a justice of the Supreme Court of the Arkansas Territory. The Act of the Territorial General Assembly that created the county provided that the residence of Walter Cauthron, located near what is now Booneville (Logan County), would serve as the "temporary seat of Justice." In 1836, faced with choosing a county seat of a more permanent nature, commissioners chose the community of Cauthron and proceeded to establish a courthouse. Because of numerous redefinitions of Scott County's boundaries, this site of Cauthron is now within present-day Logan County and is not the present-day Scott County community known as Cauthron.|
In 1840, popular opinion demanded that the county seat be in a more central location, and the community of Winfield, located one-and-a-half to two miles northeast of present-day Waldron, was selected. This Winfield should not be confused with the present-day community with the same name.
By the 1830s, William G. Featherston had settled near the site of present-day Waldron and established himself as a business owner, real estate developer, and postmaster of the area that is now Waldron. The post office was established under the name of Poteau Valley (or Poton Valley) on June 11, 1838. In 1845, Featherston offered ten acres of his land for a town to serve as the county seat. His offer of land was accepted, and owing in no small part to the poor road system to and from Winfield, the county was moved to what is now known as Waldron. The land was later surveyed and a plat designed by John P. Waldron, for whom Waldron is named.
Arkansas Dept of Health
|Arkansas Dept of Health|
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Fax: (501) 663-2832
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
|Circuit and County Clerk|
190 West 1st St.
Waldron, AR 72958
|Scott County Historical & Genealogical Society|
P.O. Box 1560
Waldron, AR 72958
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