Blytheville is the proud gateway to the Arkansas Delta, only five miles away from the Mississippi River—known here as the Great River. We open the door to the Arkansas Mississippi River Valley, the Great River Road and the tremendously rich history follows the river southward. And we open the door to a level of hospitality that you may never have seen before. Easy comfort, sociability and congeniality are our specialty here in the Blytheville community, and whether you are shopping, moving, or touring, the faces you see will be friendly.
Blytheville combines the comfort of small-town living with easy access to big-city amenities. Only an hour south is the historic city of Memphis, Tennessee. Originally an agricultural community, our area now leads the nation in steel production. The former Eaker Air Force Base, closed in the early ’90s but fast becoming a tourist attraction, is now home to industry as well as sites such as the U.S. Flag Plaza and memorials to fallen aircraft.
The area also is filled with unique treasures. The Arkansas Archeology Survey Station at the Arkansas Aeroplex has recovered artifacts over 800 years old, reflective of the sophisticated pre-Colombian culture that once existed here. Lights of the Delta, a holiday fantasy of lights, brings the Christmas season alive as the largest display of its kind in the entire mid-South. Shopping offers unique boutiques along with your favorite big box retailers—after all, Arkansas is home to Wal-Mart!
We hope this magazine will be a valuable resource for you. You will learn a lot about Blytheville through both pictures and words, and we hope our book will give you a flavor of our city and its gracious people.
Enjoy your connection with Blytheville! If we can help you further, visit our website at greaterblytheville.com, or call at 870-762-2012. Whatever you do, I hope you are touched by the warm spirits and friendliness of our people—they are truly our finest asset!
Liz Smith, Executive Director
Greater Blytheville Area
Chamber of Commerce