Smithville, Arkansas

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Smithville is a town in Lawrence County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 73 at the 2000 census.



Smithville became the county seat of modern day Lawrence County in 1837. The county seat was later moved to Powhatan in 1869, after the Civil War. This was done in part to take advantage of riverboat commerce along Black River.

Smithville is also the nearest town for the final shoot-out between law enforcement and the famous tax fugitive Gordon Kahl on June 2, 1983, in which Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Matthews was also killed. Smithville lies a few miles south of the actual shootout location.

Smithville sits at the crossroads for Western Lawrence County. Highway 117 running east to Black Rock and southwest to Strawberry. Highway 115 runs north to Imboden (and thus connecting to US HWY 412) and southward to Cave City in Sharp County.

Law and government

The current mayor of Smithville is Susan O'Connor.


Smithville is located at 36°4′48″N 91°18′14″W / 36.08°N 91.30389°W / 36.08; -91.30389 (36.080031, -91.303781)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 km² (0.6 mi²), all land.


Smithville lies is nestled in the Ozark Foothills on the Salem Plateau, which is a part of the larger Ozark Plateau. The eastern third of Smithville is a low lying area, prone to flooding from Machine Creek. The center of Smithville is atop a small hill. As one travels west or north of Smithville, rolling hills can be found in either direction. West of Smithville lies Peebles Bluff.

Regionally, Smithville lies approximately in the center of the Cooper Creek Watershed Improvement District. This district consists of a series of reservoirs designed to mitigate flooding. Local names have been applied to these reservoirs:

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