The city limits sign
which greets visitors
coming from the
south on U.S. 79.
Emerson, Arkansas, population 368, is located in southwest Arkansas, 6 miles North of from Louisiana, on U.S. Hwy 79 in Columbia County. We are also called The Biggest Little Town in Arkansas.
Emerson derives its name from Reuben Logan Emerson, an early settler of Columbia County, who was a teacher, merchant, banker, owner of the newspaper The Columbia Banner, and state representative. In 1905, he also founded the city which today bears his name. In fact, Emerson celebrated its 100th birthday February 8, 2005.
Major industries in the area are timber, bromine and bromine-based products, and oil.
And each year since 1990, on the last Saturday of June, Emerson hosts the PurpleHull Pea Festival & World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.
We hope you’ll join us.