Area Information


Area History

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Ideally located in northwestern Arkansas at the heart of the Ozarks, Huntsville is just 25 miles east of Fayetteville, home of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Huntsville is served by US Highway 412 and State Highway 74.

Madison County was established at the first meeting of the state legislature on September 30 of 1836.

The county took its name from Madison County, AL, which took its name from James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. Huntsville was among the first settlements in the county and became the permanent county seat in 1839.

The first known settlement in the county was by a group from Alabama, which settled in Kings River Valley in 1827. Two principal routes were traveled by the earliest settlers to Madison County, one following the Arkansas River to Fort Smith, and passing through Fayetteville; the other passing through Missouri, southwesterly from St. Louis through Springfield, to the extreme northwest portion of Arkansas.



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Huntsville enjoys a very mild climate, with average highs rarely getting up to 89 degrees in August and average lows going down to 27 degrees in January. Rain averages 3.9 inches a month, and the annual snowfall average is 9 inches.

Eureka Springs Hospital and Carroll Regional Medical Center provide health care to the area. Both are about 20 miles from Huntsville.

Situated in the Ozark Mountains, the Withrow Springs State Park provides 786 acres of unspoiled wilderness that's accented by the scenic mountain setting and the valleys spread along the meandering War Eagle River. Withrow Spring's clear, cold waters gush from a small cave at the foot of a bluff overlooking the park's swimming pool complex.





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