Introduction to Van Buren, Arkansas
Van Buren, Arkansas, in Crawford county, is 4 miles NE of Fort Smith, Arkansas (center to center) and 104 miles SE of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city is included in the Fort Smith metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 18,986 people lived in Van Buren.
Van Buren History
Van Buren was first settled by Thomas Martin and David Boyd in 1818. The first post office was constructed in 1831. At that time, the area was known as Phillips Landing. Later, it was renamed after Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States. It is the county seat of Crawford County, which was founded on October 18, 1820, and named in honor of William H. Crawford. Van Buren was incorporated on December 24, 1842.
Van Buren and nearby Attractions
- River Valley Museum
- Crawford County Art Center
- Fort Smith National Historic Site
- Bob Burns Museum
- Spiro Mounds
- Devil's Den State Park
Things To Do In Van Buren
While in Van Buren you can visit the Doll Museum, River Valley Museum, and the Fort Smith National Historic Site. The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad's route allows you to enjoy the scenic views of Arkansas. The Van Buren Historic District is also worth visiting. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Cloverleaf Plaza Shopping Center and North Hills Plaza Shopping Center.
Van Buren Transportation
Fort Smith Regional Airport is nearby.
Van Buren Higher Education
Facilities for higher education are offered at Westark College, Northeastern State University, University of Arkansas-Main Campus, and several other colleges and universities.