Arkansas was one of the first states in the U.S. to enact a statewide prohibition on the sale and consumption of alcohol, passing the law in 1915. Prohibition was repealed in the state in 1933, shortly after the end of the nationwide prohibition era.
Searcy County, located in Arkansas, has a rich and diverse history that spans back centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Osage and Quapaw, who relied on hunting, fishing, and farming for their livelihoods. European exploration of the area began in the late 18th century when French traders and trappers passed through the region.

In the early 19th century, settlers began to establish themselves in the area, drawn by the fertile land and abundant natural resources. The county was officially formed in 1838 and was named after Richard Searcy, a prominent Arkansan who served as a judge. During this time, agriculture, primarily centered around subsistence farming and cash crops like cotton, became the backbone of the county's economy.

Searcy County played a significant role in the Civil War, with many residents serving in both Union and Confederate armies. The region's rugged terrain and remote location made it an ideal hiding spot for both guerrilla fighters and deserters, leading to increased violence and lawlessness. After the war, the county embarked on a path of recovery, focusing on rebuilding infrastructure and revitalizing the agricultural industry.

In the 20th century, Searcy County experienced both economic growth and decline. The timber industry became essential during this period, with the county's abundant forests providing much-needed jobs and resources. However, by the 1970s, the decline in logging and industrial manufacturing led to an economic downturn that the county still faces today. Despite these challenges, Searcy County remains a close-knit and resilient community, proud of its vibrant history and natural beauty.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Searcy County, Arkansas.

  • 1838: Searcy County is established as a county in the state of Arkansas.
  • 1852: The town of Marshall is founded, becoming the county seat of Searcy County.
  • 1879: The first courthouse in Searcy County is built in Marshall.
  • 1892: The Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad reaches Searcy County, providing transportation and economic opportunities.
  • 1902: The first bank in Searcy County, the Bank of Marshall, is established.
  • 1930s: Searcy County is heavily affected by the Great Depression, with many residents struggling financially.
  • 1940s-1950s: Searcy County experiences a decline in population due to economic hardships and opportunities elsewhere.
  • 1960s: The construction of Greers Ferry Dam on the Little Red River brings economic activity and recreation to Searcy County.
  • 1980s: The tourism industry begins to grow in Searcy County, attracting visitors to its natural beauty and recreational opportunities.
  • 2007: The Searcy County Museum is established in Marshall, showcasing the county's history and heritage.