Marked Tree, Arkansas

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Marked Tree is a city in Poinsett County, Arkansas in the United States, along the St. Francis River, at the mouth of the Little River. The population was 2,800 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geologically, the area marks the southern end of the New Madrid Fault.

The city got its name from a tree located on the bank of the St. Francis River until 1890 that had been slashed to mark a section of the river where Indians could walk about 120 yards (110 m) across land to reach the Little River and avoid paddling twelve miles (19 km) upstream. It is the only city in the world with that name.



Marked Tree is located at 35°31′48″N 90°25′3″W / 35.53°N 90.4175°W / 35.53; -90.4175 (35.530035, -90.417559)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,800 people, 1,126 households, and 731 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,208.8 people per square mile (466.0/km²). There were 1,234 housing units at an average density of 532.7/sq mi (205.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.36% White, 47.07% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 1.25% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 2.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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