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The Arkansas state capital is Little Rock.
The population of Elkins is approximately 692 (1990), 2648 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 288 (1990), 983 (2010).
The amount of land area in Elkins is 6.168 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Elkins to Washington DC is 985 miles.
The distance to the Arkansas state capital is 132 miles. (as the crow flies)
Elkins is positioned 36.01 degrees north of the equator and 94.02 degrees west of the prime meridian.


12 miles from Fayetteville.
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History & History Related Items

Elkins was inhabited by people as early as 10,000 years ago, as evidenced by the Elkins Mounds near the White River. By the time pioneers arrived in 1830, these prehistoric people were gone. Several small communities grew up in the Elkins area, including Boone’s Grove and Maguiretown. Both had exciting local stories. Dr. Boone was murdered before the Civil War, possibly by three slaves. The blacksmith at Maguiretown unwittingly helped a band of bank robbers escape from Fayetteville when he shod their horses as they made their getaway. At last the town of Hood grew up, changing its name to Elkins in the late 1800s and reaching a population of 100 by the turn of the century. The new little town of Elkins had a bank, a couple of grocers, a cooper, a carpenter, a doctor, and several preachers. Even in those days, though, most of the people relied on Fayetteville, the county seat, about 12 miles away, for jobs. (Thanks to the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History for this historical information)
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