Jonesboro (Arkansas)

Craighead County


Jonesboro is a city in Craighead County, Arkansas, United States, with 64 358 inhabitants ( 2006). It is in this county since 1859, one of two seats of Countyverwaltung ( County Seats ). The metropolitan area has a size of 207.2 km ².

The city is also called the " city of churches " because there are several church buildings in the urban area 75.


Jonesboro was in 1859 elected to the district capital, and named after Senator William A. Jones. A railway connection was the place in 1881, when the Cotton Belt Railroad north of Jonesboro moved its tracks. 1860, the population was in 1160 and 1903, the first telephone line was laid. 1906, the first sewer system was installed in 1910 and planted the first rice. Electrification came in 1912 and the first time the streets of Jonesboro were lit by electric lamps.

The First Baptist Church and the First Methodist Church were the first two churches that were built in 1911-1916 here.


In Jonesboro is the Arkansas State University, the second largest institution of its kind in the state.

On 24 March 1998, two students shot dead at the age of 11 and 13 years at the Westside Middle School four students and a teacher.


  • African American Cultural Center
  • Arkansas State University Museum
  • Jonesboro Art Galleries

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Rodger Bumpass ( born 1951 ), voice actor
  • Wes Bentley (born 1978 ), actor
  • John Grisham ( born 1955 ), writer
  • Edward Meeks ( born 1934 ), actor
  • Jon Olsen (born 1969 ), swimmer and four -time Olympic champion
  • John W. Snyder (1895-1985), politician, Minister of Finance under President Harry S. Truman
  • Bobby Lee Trammell (1934-2008), rockabilly musicians and politicians