Can You Believe How Many Towns in Arkansas End With ‘Ville’?
I often wondered and maybe you have too, how a town got its name. I do a lot of traveling in Arkansas and I've noticed there sure are a lot of towns that end with the words, "Ville.
But it's not just Arkansas it's like that pretty much all across the United States. I'm sure most names are usually named after someone influential in that town at one time or is it just because it just sounds better by adding the "Ville" to the name, gives it a more home-like feeling?
So, of course, we've all heard of Fayetteville, but what about the rest of the towns in Arkansas? After digging around I found at least 28 town names that end in "Ville."
By the way, the suffix as it is called is derived from the French, meaning city or town, and is believed to begin during the middle ages.
Let's take a look at how many towns in Arkansas have "Ville" in their name. you might be surprised Let's do this in alphabetical order. Some, I'm sure you've heard about, others maybe not.
Located along the shores of the White River, this small community is located in the north-central section of the state about 90 miles from Little Rock. Home of the annual White River Winter Wonderland.
Located on State Highway 10 four miles northwest of Danville in Yell County, this small town is known for hunting, fishing, and lovin' every day, now wait a minute that's a Luke Bryan song.
Berryville is like a small town located in the Ozark Mountains, the population is a little over 5,000 with plenty of antique shops in the downtown area and fishing and hiking nearby.
Situated 60 miles north of West Memphis, this is home to one of the largest cotton gins in North America. There are approximately ten cotton gins in the area and is the #1 cotton producer in Mississippi County.
Located between the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains in the Arkansas River Valley Booneville's most notable historic moment came when on July 19, 1938, then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt stopped in Booneville for a whistle-stop as he was campaigning for a third term in office.
Located in western Arkansas near the Oklahoma border in the Arkansas River Valley. Fort Smith is the closest big city to this region known for plenty of outdoor activities.
Clarksville is known for being the Gateway to the Ozarks. and is home to the University of the Ozarks The school's history dates back well before the Civil War.
The town gets its name from Adolphus Fountain Crawford who settled in the area many years ago and is located 13 miles northwest of Memphis, Tenn.
The town got its name after a steamboat called Danville which used to make a run down the Petit Jean River in the 1940s. This town has become an art and culture district with plenty of festivals throughout the year.
Besides being the official home of the sports team the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, Fayetteville located in Northwest Arkansas has become one of the best places to live not only in Arkansas but in the U.S. because of its low cost of living. They don' call this place "The Hill" for nothing.
Gassville's name originated from an 1830s postmaster P.A.Cox who talked a lot and the townfolks called him a "Gasser" a term used back then to describe someone who talks a lot. Gassville remains the only town name in the United States. Can you just say gaslighting now?
Griffithville is a town located 15 miles from Searcy. In the late 1890s, the Rock Island Railroad built a short line through the area to open the land for the timber industry. The community was named Griffithville after the surveyor of the community, whose last name was Griffith
Another town located in Northwest Arkansas, Huntsville was the site of what became the Huntsville Massacre during the Civil War in 1862.
Jacksonville is considered a part of the Little Rock metropolitan region, the city got its name after a landowner who deeded the land for the Cairo and Fulton Railroad in 1870. A military air force base was opened there in 1955 and it remains today as the Litte Rock Air Force Base. The city is named for Nicholas Jackson, a landowner who deeded the land for the railroad right-of-way to the Cairo & Fulton Railroad in 1870.
Normally, when you hear Knoxville you think of Tennessee, but Arkansas has its own Knoxville that was established many years ago as a railroad town and later became home to a bustling timber industry. Located in Northwest Arkansas near beautiful Lake Dardanelle.
This town was named after its founder Joshua Gilbert Leach around 1896, the town sits on the Buffalo Island Loop off the Great River Road National Scenic Byway near the city of Jonesboro.
An American settler from Virginia named Lewis Barnes Fort bought land in 1836, where the town was to be built and his family settled down, the name was established by 1850.
Once again when you think of Nashville, you think of Tennesse and country singers. However, the small town of Nashville, Arkansas. Situated in the foothills of the Ouachita mountains in Southwest Arkansas, Nashville was once a major center of the peach trade, today the land is mostly for cattle and chicken farming. The world's largest dinosaur trackway was discovered near the town in 1983.
Located 45 miles northwest of Little Rock Perryville is known for having 1,200-acre production and farmer-training facility Heifer Ranch. It's also home to the 18-acre Lake Sylvia Recreation Area with an abundance of trails and watersports.
Named after an Alabama Baptist preacher Elder Joab Pratt who arrived by wagon train in 1841. Mr. Pratt settled in the area and opened Pratt's Ferry, was the postmaster in 1846 and founded the Philadephia Baptist Church where he preached for many years until his death.
The name was chosen due to the large number of pine trees that grew in the area and was founded by settler Robert Calvin Matthews, in 1860 who influenced the town folks. This is home to the popular Calico Rock.
No, this town doesn't have a bunch of stoners hanging around in fact, publishers of a computer literacy magazine Ziff-Davis Publishing chose it as the top technological school system in this nation. Pottsville is also known for its annual Butterfield Days festival in September or October
This town didn't get its name from the plumbers crack joke but instead pays homage to Samuel Plumer, the owner of Plumer's Station, a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail Company route on the Memphis-to-Fort Smith run. Located in the Arkansas River Valley, it's now part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System.
This beautiful city overlooks the 34,000-acre Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River and runs along Scenic Highway 7 and was established in the 1840s. Mount Nebo State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Russellville, with stunning views of the River Valley. Traveling the interstate you may notice Arkansas' only nuclear plant, Nuclear One.
Part of the Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan region Wrightsville is home to the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Tragically in 1959, a children's dormitory in Wrightsville killed twenty-one victims there. It seems to me that things haven't always been right in this town.
No, there are no witches living in this town located near Fort Smith even though the name sounds like a good name for a supernatural thriller on Netflix. Actually, this town was originally named "Salem" but was changed in 1868 by resident William J. Witcher, a post office was established in 1875 and remained in operation until 1926. I still get an eerie feeling when I pass through this town at sunset.
The town was named after Archibald Yell, the new state's first representative in the U.S. Congress. In 1836, the same year that Arkansas became a state. Shawneetown was designated the county seat but the residents living there wanted a new name. Yellville is located in the Ozark Mountains near Crooked Creek. If you listen long enough you may hear someone yell, Y'all come and get it!
So, there you go, the next time you travel through Arkansas chances are you will drive through one of these towns. Can I get an Amen?
I just wonder if I could start my own town and name it SuperMarioville? Just a thought!