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Happy birthday, Saline County

By: 2 November 2010 One Comment

Saline County turned 175 years old today.

Yes, indeed. The county was founded on Nov. 2, 1835, which was just a few months before Arkansas joined the Union in June 1836. Saline County was named for the saltwater springs in the area.

Regardless of what common sense might dictate, the name of the county is pronounced “suh-leen.” If you go with the common pronunciation of “say-leen,” that will mark you as an outsider and we’ll shun you. We might make fun of you, too. Keep that in mind.

At any rate, the county’s 175th anniversary (properly called the dodransbicentennial — try pronouncing that or even remembering it) was celebrated with some hoopla on the Saline County Courthouse lawn in Benton today. The fine folks over at First Security bank lugged their famed “teal grill” to the event to serve up hamburgers and hot dogs to people who turned out for the event and cake was served inside the courthouse — a way to lure people in to here live dulcimer music and take a look at some bits of history from Saline County’s glorious past.

Saline County’s had a great run over the past 175 years. The area is still growing and now boasts a population over the 100,000 mark. Hopefully, the county will continue to grow and prosper for the next 175 years.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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