Clinton is the seat of Van Buren County, which was formed through an act of the Territorial legislature on November 11, 1833. The county was named for Martin Van Buren, who was then vice president and later ascended to the presidency.
One George Counts is said to have founded Clinton. The town of Bloomington was initially selected as the county seat and remained so until 1834, when the seat was moved to Clinton.
The town was incorporated in 1878, but a few years later no election was held and the incorporation was discontinued. In the spring of 1938, however, the matter of incorporation was again revived, and a committee was advised by the attorney general that the original incorporation still held. All that was needed was to elect new officials and enact ordinances as desired.
Clinton reaches an average high of 92 degrees in July and August, dipping to an average low of 24 in January. 4.1 inches of rain falls on average monthly, and the monthly average for snowfall is 1.5 inches during the winter months.
Clinton is the ideal place to soak up some friendlyOzark charm, but don't let your first impressions deceive you. Clinton is also a progressive community with an excellent park, a fine municipal airport and great schools.
In the arena of public education, Clinton plays host to 2 high schools, 2 intermediate schools and 2 elementary schools.
The University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University-Beebe Branch, Arkansas Tech University, Harding University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock provide higher education within an hour's drive or less.
Ozark Health, Incorporated supplies health care to the vicinity.
Antique dealers along Highway 65 in the Clinton area have become a tourist attraction with an amazing variety and quantity of fine antiques.
Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Clinton offers you a warm welcome and abundant outdoor recreation, highlighted by the 40,000-acre clear-water wonderland of Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River. Greers Ferry is home of the world-record walleye and hybrid striper bass. The lake is widely popular for swimming, water-skiing, boating and camping. The Little Red River is home of the world-record brown trout.
Choctaw has a public use area with a concrete boat launching ramp and a well marked swimming area. The campground has 146 campsites and 78 of them have electrical hookups. There is also a full service marina.
A popular resort and retirement community on Greers Ferry Lake, Fairfield Bay offers beautiful championship golf courses, plus tennis, marinas, a convention center, horseback riding, other activities and great natural beauty.
Sugar Loaf Mountain rises near here in Greers Ferry Lake.
There's a challenging 9-hole golf course at Clinton.
Shirley, located at the middle fork of the Little Red River, offers scenic views of the Ozark foothills, RV campgrounds and the Walk Railroad History Hiking Trail.
Clinton is also known for its geological wonder - Natural Bridge - a three- million-year-old rock formation in the heart of the beautiful Ozark woodlands.
A big attraction in Choctaw is the Halls of History Museum. One of the most unusual museums you'll ever see, Halls of History is like a town right out of the 1890s. All exhibits are authentic and mechanical ones are in perfect working order. The museum also features a model train layout with more than 4,000 man-hours in its construction.
The Indian Rock Cave, a massive natural sandstone grotto that once served as a ceremonial site for ancient Indian tribes, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located on Fairfield Bay's Indian Hills Golf Course.
The Van Buren County Museum in Clinton holds a wealth of local history and genealogy information.
The Clinton Civic Club Bull Riding Spectacular and the National Championship Chuckwagon Races at Clinton draw over 20,000 fans annually from far and wide. The annual Archey Fork Festival, held the Saturday before Independence Day, and the Fall Festival, held each October, offer native crafts, special events and spectacular entertainment for the whole family.