Amagon in Jackson County:
quiet and unpretentious little community
Written by: Tracy Crain
Sunday, October 29, 2000
doesn’t need perfect eyesight to see that
there’s a lot more to the little town of
Amagon than just a straight and narrow road.
They’d only need a human heart to share the
Perhaps that is why Louise Vahn describes
this rural paradise as her hometown and the
type of a place she would never want to
“The people in this community are very
special kind of people. I’m glad that I’m
here,” she said.
Amagon is located in the northeastern part
of the state in Jackson County. It has an
interestingly quiet, unpretentious culture.
The residents are friendly and courteous,
yet reserved and hardworking.
Farming is a very serious business here.
That’s something which is easily
recognizable from the miles of wheat, rice
and bean crops that run alongside Arkansas
Vahn, who is a rural contract courier for
the post office, believes moving to Amagon
was the best thing she ever did.
“This is a very nice community,” she said “I
don’t think I could really describe what it
is like. There truly are no words.”
Vahn and her husband, Charles, moved to
Amagon 20 years ago because of a special
“My husband has about 15 different jobs, but
the two primary responsibilities he holds
includes serving as pastor of Amagon Baptist
Church and working as a criminal
investigator with the Jackson County
Sheriff’s Department,” she said.
“We used to live in Cross but we felt like
we’d be of more service if we lived here
because the church needed us. For that
reason, we sold our place and moved. We’ve
never regretted it.”
Although Amagon has only 108 residents who
live within its rural confines, being small
has its advantages.
For instance, community members know each
other very well--primarily a result of the
many gatherings conducted here.
“We hold events at the Richwood Fire
Department located in Amagon,” Vahn said.
“There are also auctions, benefits and a
variety of other gatherings where the people
come together in support of the projects
that we have. Those events help the people
in the community. That’s why we all
At one time, Amagon was considered part of
the Richwood community. The community,
however, broke away to establish itself
independently. Although most people don’t
realize it, Amagon was named after the first
postmaster who lived there, A.M. Ragon.
According to library records, there were 126
people who lived in Amagon in 1980. Even
though the population doesn’t seem to be
increasing, area residents have no reason to
Improvements are described as being “right
on the mark,” when it comes to bettering
quality of life and area facilities.
For instance, the small town strip is seeing
some new expansion.
“There is a new store over there. We had one
before, but it closed down,” Vahn said. “We
also have two new cafes and the Helena
Chemical Building. We’ve seen a lot of
improvements as far as area clean up
projects are concerned, too.”
Community members in Amagon all work
together to keep the area free of litter.
“We’ve cleaned a lot of it up, but there’s
still room for improvement,” Vahn said.
Overall, this quiet, clean, little southern
town is a peaceful place. There is little
crime, a lot of friendly farmers and plenty
of community events to keep people
“Occasionally, something might happen, but
it’s trouble-free for the most part,” Vahn
said. “That’s why I like Amagon so much. The
people here really care about their
community. I hope we are always here.”
Joan David, who has lived in Amagon since
her husband, Wayne, finished his enlistment
in the armed services in 1955, is happy
living in Amagon.
“We farm and that’s what we do. I wouldn’t
have it any other way,” she said.
In addition to being a farmer, Wayne is also
the fire chief of the Richwood Fire
Department, which serves Midway, Amagon,
Bach, Pennington, Algoa and Remmel.
“Vahn is right when she says that the people
here are very giving. When we have our
fundraisers at the fire department, we
always succeed more than what we expect,”
Joan said. “It’s not incorporated, but
Charles Vahn used to be the mayor and the
assistant Fire Chief of our community. I
don’t think you could ask for better people
than the ones who are here.”
With just one visit, it’s easy to see that
the folks in Amagon care about more than
just themselves. They have built the type of
community worth living in and that truly is
something rather noteworthy in this day and
(Amagon is located in Jackson County. This
article has been recently revised and is an
excerpt from Road Trips; a weekly feature of
small towns in Arkansas, which was written
by Tracy Crain and published by the Arkansas
Democrat Gazette in 2000.)