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ABOUT MOUNTAIN VIEW AND STONE COUNTY

Stone County, formed on April 21, 1873 and named for the natural stone formations in the area, is located in the north central region of the State of Arkansas. As of 2000, the population was 11,499. The major city and county seat is Mountain View. Stone County is a dry county, meaning that the sale of alcoholic beverages in any form is prohibited.

The White River
The White River offers world-class fishing for tourists and locals alike.
Stone County is home to the famous Blanchard Springs Caverns, a three-level system of still-developing caves administered by the United States Forest Service. The area is also widely known — particularly in Mountain View — as a cultural center of music and crafts associated with the Ozark Mountains region. The Ozark Folk Center is a unique state park located in Mountain View that works to preserve the region's culture.

As of the 2000 census, there were 11,499 people, 4,768 households, and 3,461 families residing in the county. The population density is 19 people per square mile and there are 5,715 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 97.27% White, 1.08% Hispanic or Latino, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races.

Of the 4,768 households, 26.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.30% are married couples living together, 7.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% are non-families. Approximately 11% of households are individuals 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the county, the population is spread out with 22.20% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 28.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $22,209, and the median income for a family is $28,009. Males have a median income of $20,904 versus $16,118 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,134. About 14.10% of families and 18.90% of the population are below the poverty line, including 26.20% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.

The Courthouse
The courthouse in downtown Mountain View, built in 1922, is made of large hand-cut stone.
Mountain View, founded in 1890, is the largest city and the county seat of Stone County in the north-central region of the state of Arkansas. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 2,998. The town's name comes from its location in a valley surrounded by the eastern Ozark Mountains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.7 km˛), of which, 6.8 square miles (17.7 km˛) of it is land and 0.15% is water.

As of the 2000 census, there were 2,876 people, 1,287 households, and 792 families residing in the city. The population density was 421.8 people per square mile and there were 1,450 housing units at an average density of 212.7/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city is 96.97% White, 1.70% Hispanic or Latino, 0.94% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races.

Of the 1,287 households, 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 81.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $19,302, and the median income for a family was $27,589. Males had a median income of $20,000 versus $16,790 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,375. About 10.2% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.

Blanchard Springs Cavern
Part of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, the Blanchard Springs Caverns is an incredible living underground cave.
The local economy in Mountain View is largely tourism-based. Numerous hotels and restaurants exist to serve travelers who come to visit the nearby Blanchard Springs Caverns in Fifty-Six or The Ozark Folk Center State Park. Many others seek the world-renowned trout fishing of the White River, or the excellent camping, hiking and mountain-biking that can be found in the Ozark National Forest. A few live music and variety shows also entertain travelers by mixing contemporary country, gospel and bluegrass music with a bit of local humor. However, the majority of visitors to Mountain View come to attend one of the two major festivals held here every year, and to enjoy the impromptu folk music jam sessions that occur around the courthouse square.

The remainder of the local economy consists mostly of agriculture, specifically the farming of livestock, primarily cattle and chickens. Large-scale industrial activities in the area are overall nonexistent, excepting a few small manufacturing companies.

The city of Mountain View hosts a satellite campus of Ozarka College, a two-year institution whose main campus is located in Melbourne, Arkansas. The city is also home to the main campus of the Mountain View School District, a secondary school that also maintains campuses in Timbo, Arkansas and Fox. The school district boundaries are the same as those of Stone County.

Special events

Local festivals play an integral part in Mountain View's economy and culture, and the city is widely know throughout the country for its hospitality, uniqueness and relaxed pace of life. As such, thousands of people travel to Mountain View each year to attend one of these events, and get a taste of Ozark Mountain culture. Often lodging must be secured a year in advance of the two major festivals. Average festival attendance tends to fall between 40,000 and 60,000.

In April, the city hosts the Ozark Folk Festival. A highlight of this festival is an old-fashioned "home-town" parade, which brings out school bands, patriotic veterans groups, show horses, and decorated floats. Numerous folk craft vendors and many impromptu performances of live folk music are also part of the celebration.

During the last weekend of October, thousands attend the Arkansas Bean Fest and Great Championship Outhouse Races. Early Saturday morning, nearly one ton of pinto beans are cooked in large, antique iron kettles that are set up along the west side of the courthouse square. Promptly at noon, a nearly endless amount of free beans and cornbread are served to the gathered crowd. The festival continues with the famous Outhouse Race. Teams from Arkansas and surrounding states push outhouses built on wheels (similar to a go-kart) in a series of races. The overall champion receives the coveted Golden Toilet Seat Trophy. Handmade crafts and folk music play an integral part in this festival as well.

Other local festivals included the Mountain View Bluegrass Festival, held in both mid-March and mid-November; An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July, held on July 3rd and 4th; and the Ozark Mountain Christmas, held throughout the month of December. The latter festival is especially notable because it features the town Christmas tree lighting and lighting of the downtown square, including the courthouse and other downtown buildings.

The Ozark Folk Center plays host to several events throughout the year, including live concerts by well-known artist such as the Old Crow Medicine Show and Del McCoury, the Arkansas State Fiddle Championships, and workshops teaching banjo, dulcimer, and other folk crafts.

Other major, incorporated cities in Stone County include Fifty-Six, Newnata, and Timbo.

Additional Information:
City of Mountain View Website
Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Website
Ozark Folk Center State Park
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests


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