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The city of Brinkley is located in Monroe County in the Arkansas Delta. In addition to being the center of major transportation avenues, Brinkley is rich with agriculture, hunting and fishing. It is the city nearest the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to the protected species, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
Brinkley Chamber of Commerce is an organization that promotes business and tourism in and around Brinkley. Brinkley High School is the home of the Tigers.
Brinkley has been home to many notable people including Dorothy Allen, the 1st woman elected to the Arkansas Senate and Louis Jordan, jazz and rock & roll musician who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Founded during the construction of the first railroad across Arkansas and named for one of the builders (Hugh Brinkley), the town eventually became a crossroads and a center of commerce by the 1880s.
Brinkley is located along historic trails such as the Butterfield Overland Mail Route from Memphis to Fort Smith (a mail route established in 1858); the route used by U.S. Generals Steele and Curtis during the second phase of the Pea Ridge Campaign; and the historic relocation movement of the southeastern Indian tribes during the Trail of Tears. These passages, along with other historically significant routes, are now part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System.
Brinkley honors its rail history with a beautifully restored 1912 Central Delta Depot Museum and Visitors Center in the downtown district. Antique and gift shops, plus travel accommodations are available. Fargo Agricultural School Museum, just north of Brinkley, preserves items from an early 20th century African-American school started by Floyd Brown of the Tuskegee Institute. Brinkley is home to the Great Southern Hotel, a historic building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ellis and Charlotte Williamson House was designed by architect Frank L. Doughty and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Outdoor adventures are close by, including Marion McCollum/Greenlee Lake. Operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the 300-acre lake has two barrier-free fishing piers, two boat docks/launches and plenty of blue gill, bass and channel catfish. The region also boasts great waterfowl hunting in nearby public management areas. Brinkley is near the Louisiana Purchase State Park and is on the Monroe County Loop off the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
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