Pangburn, Arkansas
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First known as Judson in 1858, the name was changed to Pangburn after David Pangburn, a local doctor. It is now a recreational (great trout fishing) area on the Little Red River. Population is 673.
Dr. Patterson successfully petitioned for a post office in 1857 and located it in his store.
Harry Churchill, who arrived in 1899 as a representative of the Western Tie and Timber Co. is generally credited with changing Pangburn from a farming community into a growing town. Pangburn began to boom, especially after the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad came in 1908. The town was incorporated in 1911, and by 1912, its population reached 1,000.
The Pangburn News was started as a daily at about that time and lasted until the mid-1920's.
A two-story brick schoolhouse, which later burned, was erected in 1914 on seven acres of land donated by Churchill and is still the site of Pangburn's school.

Around 1917, Pangburn's Castleberry Hotel was built and  was the first modern hotel in White County. By the '20s, Pangburn, with five cotton gins was known as "the little cotton kingdom."

     City Hall: Melanie Murphy  melmurphy@alltel.net
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United Methodist Church, Reverend Clayton Bulice bulice3@alltel.net

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White County Government

Mayor: Farris Wood (I) 501.728.4611
POB 565, Pangburn, AR 72121-0565

City Council:

W1,1 W1,3 Mark Adkins (I) W2,2
W1,2 Cleve Treat (I) W2,1 Ricky Matthews (I) W2,3 David Baker (I)

Meetings are the second Monday, monthly at 7:00 p.m. on city hall. Open to the public.

Police Chief:
John Goree, 501.728.4640, 503 Searcy St., Pangburn, 72121
Fire Chief     :
501.728.4455

Pangburn has new Senior Citizens Center

BY Judie O'Farrell
The Daily Citizen Staff Writer


    The new Pangburn Senior Citizens Center was built on resilience and determination, according to those who had a hand in the four-year process.
    "A few times we thought, 'Well, we might as well just give up," said Virgie Wolf, senior citizen and president of People Involved in Community (PIC), the organization that masterminded the project around 1992.
    The center now serves lunch daily, and the parking lot is always full around noon, according to Mayor Farris Wood. "I've heard nothing but praise," he said, adding, "I've eaten down there a few times myself."
    James Williams, who began the PIC club, said he remembers a cafe chat with member Lowell Ramsey that spawned the idea. "Originally we were going to build it through fund-raisers," Williams said. "Then we found out there might be some money out there.
    "It was going to take then too many years," Wood said of the original plan to raise funds. They had raised about $5,000, but they had a long way to go. "They would have all been seniors themselves (when it would have been finished)," he said.
    The money they were looking for eventually came in the form of a grant from White River Planning and Development (WRPD) and Arkansas Industrial Development Committee (AIDC).
    "Once the contract was awarded, it moved right along nicely" Wood said. "There were no weather hold-ups or anything."
    And it was well worth the wait. Pangburn's census reveals that 22 percent of its 630 residents are senior citizens, and the town saw a need for a place for these residents to meet.
    "It's a good place to go and visit with people," Wolf said. "Some of these people don't get to visit often."
    White River Area Agency on Aging manages the center, providing the meals for those over 60 for a $1 donation and those under 60 for $3.

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