Searcy is the largest city and county seat of White County. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 20,663. Like Searcy County, the city takes its name from Richard Searcy, a judge for the Superior Court of the Arkansas Territory.
Our city is the home of Harding University, a private school affiliated with the churches of Christ, and the state's largest private university. Harding College moved to Searcy from Morrilton, Arkansas in the mid 1930s, and it occupied the campus of the former Galloway Women's College. Regional ice cream producer and distributor Yarnell Ice Cream Co. is headquartered in Searcy. Mike Beebe, Arkansas' current governor-elect, has also lived and worked in Searcy several years, both in private law practice and representing the area in the Arkansas General Assembly.
According to Dr. Ray Muncy's Searcy, Arkansas: A Frontier Town Grows up with America, Israel Moore, who had traveled west from Philadelphia, was in charge of laying out Searcy's original streets, and "he proceeded to name the major streets of Searcy for those of downtown Old Philadelphia near Independence Hall; Race, Arch, Market, Vine, Spring, and the tree-honoring streets of Cherry, Spruce, Locust and Pine." In 1957, Searcy named Moore Avenue after this 19th-century founder.
Perhaps coincidentally, Spring Street (along with downtown Searcy's Spring Park) also suggests some reference to earlier days of settlement in the Searcy area, when the community was known as White Sulphur Springs. As early as 1834, local springs with purported therapeutic properties initially drew visitors to the area, similar to the popular attraction to Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Today, Searcy is very active and growing. Despite losing many factory jobs, Searcy has recently experienced an economic revitalization, driven in large part by the leasing of much of the area's mineral rights by natural gas companies. Through our changes, the values and ethics of old are still a big part of our community. The beautiful hometown atmosphere with such nice people, makes it a great honor to be of service here.
The Searcy Living Team (Information adapted from Wikipedia)
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