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several sets during the celebration and Coun- ty Judge Charles Nix opened and closed the event. Attendees enjoyed an overview of the history of Poinsett County and several musi- cal presentations. In 1838, Governor James Sevier Conway, the first state governor, approved by act of legislature, to create Poinsett County. Te county was named after Joel R. Poinsett,


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Secretary of War under the Administration of President Martin VanBuren. Joel Poinsett, a na-


oinsett County celebrated its 175th year on Feb. 28, 2013 with a com- munity-wide event at the Center for the Arts at Harrisburg High School.


Te Harrisburg High School Band played


tive of Charleston, S.C., was an eminent states- man, scientist and botanist. Joel Poinsett is cred- ited with the development and introduction of a plant from Mexico to American horticulture that is now known as the Poinsettia. Tere is only one county in the United States named Poinsett. Poinsett was the 37th county in Arkansas and it was formed out of territory taken out of St. Francis County which was created in 1833. After the creation of Poinsett County a portion was taken in 1869 to form Craighead County and in 1862 a portion was excluded to form Cross County. Today, Poinsett County contains a land area of 487,884 acres and has a population of 24,583 according to the 2010 census. Poinsett


is the leading rice producing county in the state. Most recognized event in Poinsett County It’s simply known as the Claypool pictures.


Few hunters have gazed at the photo of 300,000 mallards and not been drawn into the magic of what has been captured in print. Te image was taken in 1956 by George Purvis, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commissions long-time chief of information. Te shot was taken during a live “Wide Wide


World” episode on NBC at Claypool’s Reservoir. Four million viewers were treated to a sight no one had seen before. Te event put Arkansas duck hunting on the map.


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