Introduction to Jonesboro, Arkansas
Jonesboro, Arkansas, in Craighead county, is 60 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee. There are an estimated 55,515 people in the city.
Indian tribes including the Caddo, Osage, and Quapaw tribes were the first inhabitants of the Jonesboro area. White settlers later came to the area and began trading, hunting, and trapping with the local Indians. Around 1815, a permanent settlement was set up in Jonesboro. In 1859, Craighead County was formed and Jonesboro was the original county seat. State Senator William A. Jones extended his support for the formation of Craighead County in the legislature, and in recognition of his effort, Jonesboro was named after him.
Jonesboro and nearby Attractions
- Hampson Museum
- Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum
- Parkin Archeological State Park
- Memphis Zoo
Things To Do In Jonesboro
While staying in the city, you can visit Craighead Forest County Park and the West Washington Avenue Historic District. It is also worth visting the many churches in the city. Crowley's Ridge State Park and Lake Frierson State Park offer facilities for camping, boating, trail, and fishing. One can shop at the Airport Center Shopping Center, Highland Square Shopping Center, West Mart Center Shopping Center, Indian Mall Shopping Center, and Caraway Plaza Shopping Center.
The Millington Muni Airport is nearby.
Jonesboro Higher Education
Arkansas State University-Main Campus, University of Memphis, South west Tennessee Community College-Union Campus, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.