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Welcome to the Blytheville Area

This region of northeast Arkansas has experienced a beguiling evolution of lumber mills, cotton farms, steel-making and the blues. Located only five miles off the Mississippi River — known here as the Great River — Blytheville combines small-town charm with the easy accessibility of big-city amenities. Only an hour south on Interstate 55 is the city of Memphis, Tennessee, and just 215 miles north is the thriving St. Louis, Missouri.

As part of the Mississippi River delta region of the U.S., Blytheville is the gateway to the Arkansas Delta, opening the door to the Arkansas Mississippi River Valley, the Great River Road National Scenic Byway and the rich history that follows the river southward through the entire length of the state. The area also has a deep-rooted underlying history — literally. For beneath the alluvial delta soil, remnants of a sophisticated pre-Columbian society have been discovered. Extensive “digs” on the former Blytheville Air Force Base have revealed entire households, complete with pottery and artifacts galore. The region was ideal for such a big settlement, bordering the mighty Mississippi — superb for travel — and imparting soil fertile enough to grow any crop.

Points of interest are many. The former Eaker Air Force Base, closed in the early ’90s, now home to business and industry alike, is seeing a new role as an emerging Cold War historic site. Lights of the Delta, a holiday fantasy of lights, brings the Christmas season alive as the largest display of its kind in the entire mid-South. Only a few miles away, hunters, fishermen and bird-watchers find incredible sites and species at the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Historic downtown Blytheville is characterized by the art-deco period Greyhound Bus Station — a true relic with many stories to tell; and by the ever-developing Delta Gateway museum, which tells the area’s whole story. Wilson, Arkansas, is only a few miles south — a town undergoing incredible historic preservation and development and clearly worth a visit. And finally, further south is the amazing restoration of the boyhood home of famed Johnny Cash and his little hometown of Dyess, which has a remarkable history of its own.

For those looking for authentic, back-to-the-roots tourism experience, the Blytheville region is ideal. People of this delta region have been resilient, hard-working and have long depended on the luxury the land provided. It all becomes apparent to visitors once they absorb just a touch of the slow and easy Delta lifestyle and the best hospitality in the world.

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