Yell County grew up with two county seats and ‘True Grit’

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(Tom Dillard, NWAOnline) Recently, while driving across the Arkansas River bridge connecting Russellville with Dardanelle, it occurred to me that had I been making that trip 100 years ago, I would have been using the nation’s longest pontoon bridge.
That floating bridge was an economic stimulus for Dardanelle, Yell County, and other areas south of the river. Yell County, with its two county seats — Dardanelle and the older Danville — has a history as fascinating and diverse as its geography.
The Legislature formed Yell County in 1840 with lands taken from Scott and Pope counties. It was named for governor and later U.S. Rep. Archibald Yell of Fayetteville. In addition to the lowlands bordering the Arkansas River, the southern portion of Yell County contains uplands clothed in extensive pine forests.
Yell County is home to an imposing geological oddity, the 1,350-foot-high plateau remnant known as Mount Nebo. …Read the rest at NWA Online

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