Greenbrier, Arkansas

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Greenbrier is a city in Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,042 at the 2000 census.

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History

Greenbrier is a town that developed from a minor brothel on the Butterfield Stagecoach route into a bustling city. The town was named for the Saw briers, which are green and prickly when touched, that were noticed in the creek that runs through the small town. The early pioneers found them to be a nuisance while clearing the land for homes and farms. To reach down and grab a handful of saw briers would stop a working regimen immediately. Greenbrier is located 12 miles north of Conway on Highway 65. It is presently a rapidly growing city because of its unique location as a suburb of the larger city of Conway to the south. At one time Greenbrier was just a vast countryside.

From the 16th to 19th centuries, the area was just wilderness and territorial land that many Native Americans called home. The Quapaw and later the Cherokee Indians were some tribes who lived in the area. Historical figures such as Jim Bowie and Jesse James passed through the Greenbrier region on their way to the areas of Oklahoma and Texas. Settlers such as the Wiley brothers settled near East Fork Cadron around 1818, which is about eight miles east of Greenbrier today. In 1837, Jonathan Hardin settled near the Wiley settlement. Also in the early 19th century, the Casharagos settled north of Greenbrier in the present community of Republican.

Geography

Greenbrier is located at 35°13′46″N 92°23′21″W / 35.22944°N 92.38917°W / 35.22944; -92.38917 (35.229444, -92.389052)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20.1 km²), ubiquitously land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,042 people, 1,137 households, and 892 families residing in the city. The population density was 392.6 people per square mile (151.6/km²). There were 1,247 housing units at an average density of 160.9/sq mi (62.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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