Yell County, Arkansas

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Yell County administrative offices are located at 719 North 5th Street, Dardanelle, AR 72834 (479-229-3509) and 13-0 East 8th Street, Danville, AR 72833 (479-495-2741).

Thomas James Cotton House

Photo: Thomas James Cotton House, circa 1898, located at 405 South Third Street, Dardanelle. Listed on the National Register in 2001. Photographer: wikipedia username: Atuprof, 2012, [cc-3.0]; accessed December, 2023.


Yell County [†] was formed on December 5, 1840, and named after Governor Archibald Yell (1840-1844). Arkansas's fortysecond county was formed from Pope and Scott counties. Dardanelle and Danville both serve as county seats; it is one of ten counties in Arkansas that have dual county seats. Dardanelle became a county seat in 1875. The northern part of the county is adjacent to the Arkansas River and is part of the Arkansas River Valley geographic region. Portions of the southern and eastern part of the county lie within the Ouachita National Forest with a small part of the county being in the St. Francis National Forest.

† Kara Oosterhous, Consultant, and Ralph S. Wilcox, National Register & Survey Coordinator, Arkansas Preservation Program, Dardanelle Commercial Historic District, nomination document, 2008, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.


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