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Stone County, Arkansas

Stone County was created April 21, 1873 to become the 74th county in Arkansas. It was formed from parts of Izard, Independence, Searcy and Van Buren in north central Arkansas and was named for the many rugged rock formations in the area. Stone County currently has a population of around 12,400. The county seat, Mountain View, was incorporated in 1890 and is the county's most populous city with a population of roughly 2,877 residents. The Mountain View School District is located in Stone County, with campuses serving the Mountain View, Timbo, and Fox communities.

Stone County is generally rugged, hilly terrain, owing its characteristics to the Ozark Mountains in which it is located. Poultry, ranching, and timber production lead the area's industry. Stone County is rich in natural resources, containing numerous protected areas, such as the Ozark National Forest, home of Blanchard Springs Caverns, two Natural Areas, two Wildlife Management Areas, and the Ozark Folk Center State Park, not to mention the White River along the eastern border. Combined, these areas offer fishing, hunting, hiking, and sightseeing opportunities across the county.

Mountain View is home to several annual festivals, including its Folk Festival, Iris Festival, Mountains Music and Motorcycles event, the Annual Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Races, and the Mountain View Bluegrass Festival.

Come visit Stone County and enjoy the traditions and natural beauty of the Ozarks, there's something here for everyone.

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