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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. Its parent counties are: Fulton, Izard, Marion, Searcy. The county seat is Mountain Home. 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 Nati onal 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

Towns & Communities

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



Genealogy Trails

The Case-Shiras House

The Sid Hutcheson Building

Wolf Cemetery

The Jacob Wolf House

The Ozark National Forest (part)