Springdale, Arkansas

Springdale Business Signs

The city of Springdale is located in the Northwestern corner of the modern U.S. state of Arkansas.  Prior to United States settlement, this area was inhabited by the Osage and Quapaw peoples.  Following discovery and removal of the initial native nations, this land was promised to the western Cherokee Nation.  They never saw an acre.

Springdale, specifically, was founded after these events, in 1838.  Originally, the city was known as Shiloh, based on the Biblical place.  According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, the city’s name was changed from Shiloh to Springdale in 1872, when residents were applying for a post office.

The modern-day city of Springdale, according to a 2010 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a population of 69,797 people.  This makes it the fourth most populous city in the state of Arkansas.  According to that same report, Springdale’s metropolitan area, the four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area, has a population of 463,204 people.  This makes the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area the 109th most populous statistical area in the United States.

As reported by Arkansas Business, in 2013, Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas, “signed an act into law recognizing Springdale as the ‘Poultry Capital of The World.’”  There is a very good reason for this colorful nickname.  In fact, Springdale, Arkansas is perhaps best known as serving as the home of Tyson Foods.

Tyson Foods, which was founded in 1935, is a “multinational corporation [operating] in the food industry… [Tyson Foods] is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork and annually exports the largest percentage of beef out of the United States.”  Locally, Tyson Foods employs 4,300 people.  It is the largest employer in the Springdale, Arkansas area.  The second largest employer in the area is George’s, responsible for 2,500 jobs.  Springdale Public Schools comes in a close third, with 2,235 employees.  Other employers based in the Springdale, Arkansas area include Apex Tool Group, Ball Corporation, Brunner & Lay, Dayco Products, and Pratt & Whitney.

One of the most notable attractions in the Springdale, Arkansas area is the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.  This regional history museum, predictably, focuses on the Arkansas Ozarks Mountain area.  The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History features a large research library “and the largest collection of historic images in Arkansas.”

Springdale, Arkansas is home to Baseball’s Texas League’s Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  Originally, the Naturals were known as the Wichita Wranglers, but they relocated to Springdale, Arkansas in 2008.  The Naturals play their home games at Arvest Ballpark.  The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are a farm team for MLB’s Kansas City Royals.  The Naturals have one league title to their names.

Elsewhere in Springdale, Arkansas is Parsons Stadium, home to the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks.  Rodeo of the Ozarks is a four-day event which has taken place in the city every year since 1944.  It is considered one of the nation’s top outdoor rodeos.  Rodeo of the Ozarks also includes a parade and a Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks Pageant.

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