Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is said to have explored the area in 1541 and found the Osage Indians living here on what was later called the Chactas Prairie. This is where Russellville now stands. P.C. Holledger tamed the area by building the first house in 1834. Dr. Thomas Russell, a well-respected doctor and surgeon, purchased the house in 1835. The Chamber staff feels a deep sense of history and commitment to our city because the first house built in Russellville and the home of the town’s namesake was on the site where the Chamber of Commerce now stands.
Our heritage has served us well as Russellville has continued to prosper and attract business and residents from all over the world. It is easy to see why Russellville has become the trade center for the River Valley. Even in the early days, when Russellville’s population was less than two thousand inhabitants, there were several industries. Some of these were the Melrose Cotton Mill, a gristmill, a planning mill, a cotton gin, and a wool-carding mill. There was also a wagon and plow factory that had a capacity of four hundred wagons a year, a canning and evaporation plant, and a large foundry and machine shop. The proud tradition of industry continues today as Russellville supports a nuclear power plant, poultry processing plants, automobile parts manufacturing, frozen foods, and many, many others. Approximately 50 manufacturers employing 11,000 citizens now call the River Valley home.
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The people and opportunities in this community are what drew me to Russellville, and that is what continues to keep me here.Megan Ayres-Moore, Park Interpreter, Lake Dardanelle State Park
708 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801
Russellville is a great place to visit and call home!
Live, Work & Play
Do you love the idea of walking down the main street in the morning, grabbing a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop and heading off to work only to finish your day in your kayak, taking a quick hike or bike ride? If so, Russellville is the place for you. With our increasing number of urban shops and living area, our growing cultural atmosphere, amazing schools and an increasing number of job opportunities, Russellville has something for everyone.