Yell County, named after the second Governor of Arkansas, Archibald Yell, was created on 05 December 1840 from parts of Pope and Scott Counties.
Yell County is, also, nicknamed the "Free State of Yell," due to a district wide election held a number of years back, in which voters cast numerous votes from a candidate from Yell County, that put him over the top. It was then joked that "...Yell County could turn out enough voters to achieve statehood..." [Foster 2]
The county seats of Yell County are Danville and Dardanelle. The Dardanelle courthouse (Pictured above--Courtesy of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program) was built in 1914, designed by architect Frank W. Gibb, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.