The Crater of Diamonds State Park, located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, is the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. Visitors to the park can search for diamonds and other gems in the park's 37.5-acre diamond field.

White County is located in the state of Arkansas in the United States. It was established on October 23, 1835, and was named after Hugh Lawson White, a prominent politician during that time. The area that is now White County was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Osage and Quapaw people.

In the early 19th century, settlers began to pour into the region, attracted by the fertile soil and ample hunting opportunities. The first town to be established in White County was Searcy, which became the county seat in 1837. The town quickly grew, thanks to the construction of the Southwest Trail, a major trade route that ran through the area.

During the Civil War, White County was divided in its loyalties, with some residents siding with the Union and others supporting the Confederacy. The Battle of Whitney's Lane, fought in July 1864, was a significant event in the county's history, as Union troops defeated Confederate forces near West Point.

In the years following the war, agriculture became the backbone of White County's economy. Cotton, corn, and wheat were among the main crops grown in the area, and a number of gristmills and cotton gins were established to support the agricultural industry. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century further boosted economic development, allowing for easier transportation of goods and opening up new markets for farmers.

Today, White County continues to be an important agricultural region, known for its production of soybeans, rice, and poultry. In addition to its agricultural heritage, the county is also home to several industries, including manufacturing and healthcare. With its rich history and thriving economy, White County remains a vibrant community in the heart of Arkansas.

  • 1809: White County is created on October 23, 1809, as part of the Arkansas Territory.
  • 1836: Searcy becomes the county seat of White County.
  • 1861-1865: White County is heavily impacted by the American Civil War.
  • 1871: The city of Beebe is incorporated.
  • 1892: The city of Bald Knob is incorporated.
  • 1921: The Harding College (now known as Harding University) is established in Searcy.
  • 1930s: The White County Cooperative Extension Service is established.
  • 1940: Bald Knob and Bradford railroads merge, creating the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Company.
  • 1996: The White County Historical Society is formed to preserve and promote the county's history.
  • 2008: The city of Searcy passes an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.