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Statistics & Facts

The Arkansas state capital is Little Rock.
The population of Parkin is approximately 1,602 (2000), 1105 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 681 (1990), 453 (2010).
The amount of land area in Parkin is 6.618 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Parkin to Washington DC is 807 miles.
The distance to the Arkansas state capital is 111 miles. (as the crow flies)
Parkin is positioned 35.26 degrees north of the equator and 90.55 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Parkin average annual rainfall is 49 inches per year
Parkin average annual snowfall is 3.4 inches per year.
The average low temperature is 52 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 73 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 43 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 63 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 82 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 63 degrees F.


in eastern Arkansas about 40 miles from Memphis, Tennessee. It is about 120 miles from Little Rock.
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moderate. The area has about 220 frost-free growing days each year.
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History & History Related Items

Parkin was named for William Parkin in 1887. He was an engineer on the construction site just east of what is now Parkin. After building a long sidetrack, he asked the chief engineer what name to give the siding. The chief replied, "Call it Parkin."
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Parkin Archeological State ParkParkin, AR 72373
Phone: 501 755-2500
Features an Indian village and mound site dated to A.D. 1300-1600, probably visited by Hernando DeSoto in 1541. Ongoing archeological excavations allow the visitor to see discoveries being made. Museum with exhibits, gift shop and tours.

Authors Bette Greene (Summer of My German Soldier; Phillip Hall Likes me, I reckon Maybe; Get on out of Here, Phillip Hall; and The Drowning of Stephan Jones)

John Grisham lived in Parkin while growing up.

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Parkin City Government

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Parkin Historical Events

2003, September
Sally Jolly Kelley
Sally reviewed books for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and her column, The Book Shelf, appeared in The Wynne(Arkansas)Progress. Her poems appeared in Voices International, Delta Review and Massachuetts Review, Flowers of Stone was her first published book. Sally was born in Van Fleet, Mississippi but lived in Parkin, Arkansas after she married and until her death. She was married to Harry Leroy Kelley and had two sons, Brian and Harry Lee.

John Grisham, author, lived in Parkin for a short period during this decade. He was born on 8 February 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. As a young man, he wanted to become a professional baseball player, but found he wasnít cut out for the major leagues. He majored in accounting at Mississippi State and then graduated from law school in 1981. He practiced law until 1983 when he was elected to the state House of Representatives where he served until 1990. He began writing suspense novels in 1987 when he finished A Time to Kill, finally published in 1988. He began another book immediately that he entitled, The Firm. It became a runaway success with film rights sold to Paramount Pictures. From that time on, his works have all been bestsellers with seven made into movies. There are over 60 million of his books in print. Some of his other novels are The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament and The Brethren. Grisham lives with his family in Mississippi and Virginia. On a personal note, his love of baseball continues He serves as a local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

early to mid 1900's
A photo of Mrs. Mary Hoskins and Mrs. Mary Delashment in the telephone office in Parkin
Submitted by C. Buras

Bette Greene was born in Memphis, Tennessee on June 28, 1934. She married Donal Sumner Greene June 13, 1959. They have two children, Carla and Jordan Joshua. The Greenes live in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Greene grew up in the small town of Parkin, Arkansas where she learned what it meant to be different. She was a Jewish girl growing up in the deprived south during the great depression and World War II. She writes about the struggles of children to be different against seemingly overwhelming odds. She has written many books and one book "Summer of My German Solider" became a movie for Hallmark.

Parkin Chamber

Cross County Chamber of Commerce
500 N. Falls Blvd.
P.O. Box 234
Wynne, Arkansas 72396
Phone: 870-238-2601

Parkin Organizations

Cross County Chamber of Commerce
500 N. Falls Blvd.
P.O. Box 234
Wynne, Arkansas 72396
Phone: 870-238-2601

Parkin Schools

Parkin School District
P.O. Box 861
9 Lake Street
Parkin, AR 72373
Phone: 870-755-2742
Fax: 870-755-2929
A member of the North Central Association

Parkin Elementary School 870-755-2761
Parkin High School 870-755-2791 Parkin


The population of Parkin was:
1990 - 1,847
2000 - 1,602

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