Okolona, Arkansas

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Okolona is a town in Clark County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 160 at the 2000 census.

The Battle of Elkin's Ferry of the Civil War occurred here between April 3–4, 1864, as a part of the Camden Expedition. Union forces, led by Maj. Gen. Fred Steele, sought to ford the Little Missouri River, as the local roads were impassable. The force reached Elkin's Ferry before the Confederate cavalry brigades, led by Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke, and the Confederates were defeated.

Okolona has several churches; the Saint Clair Baptist Church, Okolona Baptist Church, Okolona First United Methodist Church, and Center Grove United Methodist Church.


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Okolona is located at 34°0′2″N 93°20′15″W / 34.00056°N 93.3375°W / 34.00056; -93.3375 (34.000589, -93.337362)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 160 people, 70 households, and 45 families residing in the town. The population density was 79.2/km² (204.8/mi²). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 42.6/km² (110.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 68.12% White and 31.88% Black or African American.

There were 70 households out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.96.

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