Prescott, Arkansas

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Prescott, a small town in Nevada County, Arkansas, has a population of 3,686 (2000 US census). The city is the county seat of Nevada County[1]. Jorge and Maria Villegas painted the town mural which displays various aspects renown for Prescott. This mural is in the center of downtown Prescott and clearly visible at the red light intersecting Arkansas Highway 67 and Arkansas Highway 24. Moon's depictions are of the ever familiar locomotive, the en-famous Little Missouri River, and the old iron bridge which once crossed the river. The granting factor of the locomotive fame within Prescott is its path which follows straight through the middle of town. The Little Missouri River is within minutes of town and has always offered a variety of benefits for area locals. The Old Iron Bridge contains more than its share of hard learned lessons in life, just like that of Roy Smithpeters. Smithpeters, who was no more than a youth, endured a paralyzing, broken neck upon diving head first into the flowing water. His brother's, who were on the area gravel bar, saw the oncoming log, and were at Roy's side upon his collision, head first into the floating tree. Their prompt rescue of their youngest brother, most likely saved his life. Although Roy was paralyzed from the waist down, he lived a long and happy life with the assistance of his brother J.C's wife, Jewel, who cared for him until he died.

Prescott is part of the Hope Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Prescott is located at 33°48′9″N 93°22′55″W / 33.8025°N 93.38194°W / 33.8025; -93.38194 (33.802614, -93.381884)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²), of which, 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²) of it is land and 0.15% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,686 people, 1,421 households, and 912 families residing in the city. The population density was 564.9 people per square mile (218.3/km²). There were 1,643 housing units at an average density of 251.8/sq mi (97.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.31% White, 44.49% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 1.17% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 1.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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