Gravette, Arkansas

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Gravette is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,810 at the 2000 census. It is part of the FayettevilleSpringdaleRogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. On November 2, 2010, Gravette's mayoral election had a run off race between Byron Warren and Ken Foxx. Foxx conceded, giving the election to Warren. Warren was previously a Gravette alderman, Chairman of Gravette Council Committee, Substitute teacher for Gravette Public Schools, a Fire station Captain and a Barbeque pitmaster.



Gravette is located at 36°25′12″N 94°27′9″W / 36.42°N 94.4525°W / 36.42; -94.4525 (36.419962, -94.452584)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²).100% of the city's area is land and none of it is covered by water.

Gravette is situated approximately 87 miles east of Tulsa, Oklahoma and 29 miles northwest of Fayetteville, Arkansas.[2]

Early history

The original name of the first European settlement at this location was Nebo.[3] The Nebo area is now referred to as Old Town in Chalk Valley and was the earliest pioneer settlement of the community. The settlement was platted in the 1870s by Joseph P. Covey, who relocated to Southwest City, Missouri, in the year 1881. Ellis Tillman Gravett opened the Chalk Valley Distillery in Nebo and was also the proprietor of a general merchandise store. In 1891, he moved that store west out of the valley to what is now downtown Gravette. Gravette was incorporated on January 27, 1899. By the year 1910 the population of Gravette amounted to 569.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,810 people, 697 households, and 471 families residing in the city. The population density was 775.1 people per square mile (298.7/km²). There were 773 housing units at an average density of 331.0/sq mi (127.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.87% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 2.10% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 1.05% from other races, and 3.20% from two or more races. 2.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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