Izard County Masthead
Izard County CC ~ Billie Walsh ~ bilwalsh@swbell.net
Co-CC ~ Rayedene Graves ~ rsgraves@gt.rr.com


George IzardIn the nineteenth century, Izard County served as a gateway to settlement across northern Arkansas and was the parent county of seven other counties. Later, Izard County's virgin yellow pine forests provided lumber to other parts of the state.
According to some historians, John Lafferty, a native of Ireland, traveled up the White River in 1802 to what became known as Lafferty Creek. He built a log cabin and attempted to claim 640 acres following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but his claim was denied because he had not lived on the land for ten years. In spite of this setback, Lafferty and his family established the county's first settlement at Lafferty Creek in 1810.
In 1825, the territorial government split off part of Independence County, naming the new county for Governor George Izard. Adding Osage (1827) and Cherokee (1828) lands, Izard County covered most of north-central Arkansas. In 1833, western Izard County was divided into Van Buren, Carroll, and Johnson counties. Later, sections of Izard County were split off to become Marion (1836), Fulton (1842), and parts of Baxter (1873) and Stone (1873) counties.
Izard's first county seat and post office (then called Liberty, now Norfork in Baxter County) were established at the mouth of the North Fork River at Jacob Wolf's trading post. Sheriff John Adams and Clerk John Houston (brother of Sam Houston) were the first elected officials. The county seat was moved to Athens in 1830 and to Mount Olive in 1836. Mill Creek (later renamed Melbourne) became the county seat in 1875. Courthouses there burned in 1889 and 1937. From 1938 to 1940, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from Camp Sage (near Sage) built the current courthouse. It is the only courthouse in the country partly heated by a wood-burning furnace.


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Izard historians to hear Vincent Anderson

Brockwell, AR. — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the Izard County Senior Center on Highway #9 south of Brockwell at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Mr. Vincent Anderson will speak about some of the history of the White River and display old hand drawn maps of the river from the 1800’s. The maps show great details about the path of the river, mountain names, creek locations, and settlements along the river. The public is urged to bring pictures to the meeting of the river areas and towns along the river to display on tables during the session.
Anderson will also discuss his newly published first book titled “Bald Knobbers: Chronicles of Vigilante Justice.” The book was published by History Press and was compiled from more than 600 articles about the Bald Knobbers from the 1880s and 1890s. The book is available at the Donald W. Reynolds Library and Amazon.com. The book grew out of his Ozarks’ History blog located at www.ozarkshistory.blogspot.com. He began the blog six years ago with a love for the Ozarks’ history. The blog includes information about the History of Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri in the Ozark Plateau.
Anderson was born in Mountain Home and raised on the Arkansas/Missouri Stateline in Ozark County, Missouri He is a former columnist for The Baxter Bulletin and has published articles for newspaper and historical quarterlies in four states. He serves as President of the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society. He is employed at the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Mountain Home as Historical and Reference Librarian and Teacher.

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