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The first Walmart store was opened in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962 by Sam Walton, who went on to build one of the largest retail chains in the world. Today, Walmart is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, and is one of the largest employers in the state.
Sharp County, located in the northeastern region of Arkansas, has a rich and diverse history. The county was officially established on July 18, 1868, and named after Ephraim Sharp, a state senator who was instrumental in its formation. However, the area had been inhabited for thousands of years before its official establishment, with evidence of Native American settlements dating back to prehistoric times.

In the early 19th century, settlers from the eastern United States began to make their way into the area, attracted by the fertile land and abundant natural resources. The pioneer families were primarily engaged in farming and timber-related industries, taking advantage of the county's ample forests.

During the Civil War, Sharp County, like much of Arkansas, was heavily divided. While some residents supported the Confederate cause, others remained loyal to the Union. This internal conflict led to ongoing tensions and sporadic violence throughout the war.

After the war, Sharp County saw significant growth and development. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century spurred economic growth, allowing for easier transportation of goods and access to new markets. The population steadily increased, and communities such as Hardy and Cherokee Village began to thrive.

Today, Sharp County continues to be an important agricultural and tourism hub in Arkansas. Its scenic landscapes, including the Ozark Mountains and Spring River, attract visitors from near and far. The county also preserves its historical heritage through numerous museums and landmarks, ensuring that the rich history of the area remains available for future generations to appreciate.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Sharp County, Arkansas.

  • 1818: Sharp County is established as a county in the state of Arkansas.
  • 1830: The county seat is established in the town of Davidsonville.
  • 1868: The town of Davidsonville is abandoned, and its county seat status is transferred to Evening Shade.
  • 1873: The current county seat is established in the town of Hardy.
  • 1940: The Spring River, located in Sharp County, becomes popular for recreational activities such as swimming and floating.
  • 1980: The historic Hardy Commercial District is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2019: The population of Sharp County is estimated to be over 17,000 residents.