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Community and History

To Marion, Arkansas residents and visitors, the song Best Small Town, written and performed by one of Marion’s own young musical artists, sums up life in our wonderful AR Delta town. Marion is the kind of place where it’s still safe to go for a walk in your neighborhood and let your kids play outside til dinnertime. It’s a town that values its history as much as it values its present and its future. It’s where our city officials work for the betterment of our community and where our citizens know the value of hard work, strong families and community spirit. Marion’s commitment to community is evidenced by the number of local churches and our residents’ memberships in local civic organizations, as well as the overwhelming spirit of helping our neighbors.

The City of Marion has many appealing amenities that are products of the hard work of our pro-active government officials and citizens. Our school system is one of Arkansas’ top ranked school districts and its administration and faculty members continue to strive for our students’ educational excellence. Marion is also home to a state of the art sports complex, as well as various parks and ball fields located around town. Our excellent police and fire departments are well-respected and appreciated for their dedication and community involvement. Marion offers a variety of reasonably priced homes, as well as reasonable insurance and property taxes.

Marion also offers “big-city” advantages with nearby access to world-class dining, shopping, entertainment and sports. Only 10 minutes away from downtown Memphis, 50 minutes from Jonesboro, and two hours from our state capitol of Little Rock, Marion also offers the advantage of easy interstate access in every direction.

Founded in the early 1800’s, Marion was established as Crittenden County’s first and only county seat in the 1830’s. Our historic courthouse, hotel, bank and old homes prove that history runs deep here.

One tragic part of Marion’s history was the Sultana Disaster which occurred April 27, 1865 as the Civil War was coming to an end. The SS Sultana, a Mississippi River steamboat paddlewheeler exploded just north of Marion due to the ship’s faulty boilers. Some of Marion’s founding fathers were instrumental in saving lives and recovering bodies of many, including ex-Union soldiers being transported back home after their release from southern POW camps. This disaster has been deemed the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history. City officials expect to begin work on a permanent Sultana Museum in the very near future.

Marion has seen steady growth over the years because we value the past, embrace the present and look forward to the future. Indeed, Marion is the BEST SMALL TOWN!