Hempstead County, Arkansas

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Hempstead County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2000, the population was 23,587. The county seat is Hope.[1] Hempstead County is Arkansas's fourth county, formed on December 15, 1818, alongside Clark and Pulaski counties. The county is named for Edward Hempstead, a delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Missouri Territory, which included present-day Arkansas at the time. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Hempstead County is part of the Hope Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Historic Washington State Park is located in Hempstead County some nine miles northwest of Hope in the historic village of Washington, Arkansas. The state park opened in 1973 as "Old Washington Historic State Park", but the "Old" was dropped from the name in 2006. The park offers walking tours of the historic village, which contains more than a dozen historic structures from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 741 square miles (1,919.2 km2), of which 729 square miles (1,888.1 km2) is land and 13 square miles (33.7 km2) (1.70%) is water. Hempstead County is alternately considered as part of the greater regions of South Arkansas or Southwest Arkansas.

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