Marmaduke, Arkansas

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Marmaduke is a city in Greene County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,158 at the 2000 census.

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History

The town of Marmaduke was named for Confederate Major General John Sappington Marmaduke, who later served as Governor of Missouri. Marmaduke was said to have established a camp for his soldiers near the site of the present town.

Marmaduke was incorporated on August 2, 1909, and had expanded to a fair-sized town by 1914 with two drugstores, three banks, three restaurants, a Methodist and Baptist church, two barber shops, a hotel, a boarding house, and two "dime stores". The primary employers at the time were a sawmill, a lumber mill, a stave mill, and large and cut timber distributors.

Current industry included the Anchor plastics company and the American Railcar Company.

The community was severely damaged by a severe tornado on April 2, 2006. At least half of the town was reported to have been destroyed or even flattened, and nearly every structure received some degree of damage. No one was killed in Marmaduke, but at least 50 people were injured - some seriously.

Geography

Marmaduke is located at 36°11′22″N 90°23′8″W / 36.18944°N 90.38556°W / 36.18944; -90.38556 (36.189365, -90.385661)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,158 people, 487 households, and 323 families residing in the city. The population density was 871.6 people per square mile (336.2/km²). There were 528 housing units at an average density of 397.4/sq mi (153.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.80% White, 0.43% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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