Prior to Arkansas statehood, which came in 1836, settlers began staking clams in the Pea Ridge, AR area. The town’s name was originally Pearidge, but was changed to Pea Ridge soon after. The Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge in 1862 was the largest Civil War incident west of the Mississippi River and is credited with preserving Missouri for the Union.
Northwest Arkansas is a thriving area home to major corporations, historic downtowns, entertainment districts and more. Fortune 500 companies, Walmart Stores, Inc., Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., are among the major industries driving economic growth. Education includes the first college in Arkansas, which was founded in 1834. The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville was established in 1871 and is the largest university in the state. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Walton Arts Center, TheaterSquared and Arts Center of the Ozarks feature cultural opportunities. The Thorncrown Chapel is among the top 10 designs of the 20th Century according to the American Institute of Architecture.
Located in the Upper South of the United States amidst the Ozark Mountains, northwest Arkansas features diverse geography from plateau to forest. Pea Ridge, AR experience 217 days of sunshine, 47 inches of rain and 10 inches of snowfall each year on average. Conditions are consistent with that of a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, while winters tend to be short and cool.
Elkhorn Tavern, Butterfield Overland Trail and Pea Ridge National Military Park are relics of the incredible history of Pea Ridge, AR. Big Sugar Golf Club is a scenic, par-72 championship course covering more than 7,200 yards. Ozark Highlands National Recreational Trail consists of 258 miles of trails passing through the Ozark Mountains from Lake Fort Smith State Park to Buffalo National River. Beaver Lake features 28,000 acres of clear water for recreation. Arvest Ballpark is a 6,500 seat stadium home to the Northwest Arkansas Natural minor league baseball team.