Waldo, Arkansas

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Waldo is a city in Columbia County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,594 at the 2000 census. Waldo celebrated its 120th year as a city in 2007. The small town was once a booming rail city on the Cotton Belt train route. The city has a rail museum with various displays showing its rail history. The city once bustling with excitement began to wane in population in the 1950s when neighboring Magnolia, Arkansas began drawing industry. Waldo was also home of the fighting Waldo High School Bulldogs basketball teams. Consistently these teams made playoffs and on numerous occasions won the state championship.[citation needed] The legacy of Waldo School will carry on in the community despite its closing in 2005.[citation needed]



Waldo is located at 33°21′07″N 93°17′40″W / 33.351944°N 93.294372°W / 33.351944; -93.294372.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all of it land.

Waldo, located very near the northern Louisiana border, has a climate likened to the Bayou State and has much of the same terrain. The area is characterized by lowlands and swamps. Most of the area in and surrounding this city is covered with Pine or Hardwood Forests. The drive from Waldo to neighboring Magnolia might also be noted as one of the most scenic in the state, with large hardwood trees overshadowing AR 371.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,594 people, 645 households, and 425 families residing in the city. The population density was 720.4 people per square mile (278.5/km²). There were 749 housing units at an average density of 338.5/sq mi (130.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 39.77% White, 58.72% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.63% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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