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Baxter County, Arkansas

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Arkansas' 66th county, it was formed on March 24, 1873 and named for Elisha Baxter, the tenth governor of Arkansas. It is in the northern part of the state, and shares a border with Missouri. It is commonly referred to as the Twin Lakes Area because it is bordered by two of Arkansas' largest lakes, Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake. On its southern border are the Norfork Tailwater and the Buffalo National Rivers.

The county’ s earliest recorded towns were Big Flat, formed in 1820, and Clarkridge, formed in 1819, and other towns came out of those. Norfork (Liberty) was formed in 1827, and Cotter started as Lake’s Ferry, then Red Bud, and was finally named for a railroad superintendent. Turkey Neck became Gassville in 1878; it was named for the Gass family who owned much of what is now Gassville or for P. A. Cox, who owned an early mercantile store there and was a real storyteller or “gasser.” Gamaliel and Henderson were just small communities until the advent of the Norfork and Bull Shoals dams.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns, Townships & Communities

Bayou | Big Flat (part) | Briarcliff | Buckhorn | Buford | Clarkridge | Cotter | Gamaliel | Gassville | Greenwood | Grover | Independence | Jordan | Lakeview | Logan | Lone Rock | Matney | Midway | Mill | Mountain Home (County Seat) | Norfork | North Fork | Pigeon | Rodney | Salesville | Union | Whiteville


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Genealogy Trails

Ozark National Forest (part)

Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society

USGW Archives

AR GenWeb