Nestled between the Arkansas River and Ouachita Mountain range, Dardanelle welcomes visitors to our hometown.  With a population around 5000, we are a small town where everybody knows everybody.  In the mornings, men gather at local restaurants for breakfast before heading to work.  The door greeter at Wal-Mart calls you by name. We look forward to Friday nights at the football field and summers of baseball and softball.  Our lives revolve around Church and school activities. We belong to Booster Clubs and Civic organizations working together to support our community.

Welcome to our newly renovated website, here you will learn about our organization, information our member’s businesses and how to become a member.  The true value of this website is bringing our community together to build economic growth, promote tourism and attract potential residents.  Thank you for taking the time to explore our website and getting to know our hometown, Dardanelle Arkansas.

Since its beginning in 1813, Dardanelle has constantly redefined itself, but it has always been a place where heritage and hospitality converged: home. Diane Gleason

One of the oldest cities in the State, Dardanelle officially incorporated in 1855.  First established as a river town in the mid-1800s along the banks of the Arkansas River, Dardanelle was one of the state’s leading towns in the 19th Century.  It was a hub of transportation for hundreds of barges, boats and other vessels traveling between the state’s two largest cities of Little Rock and Fort Smith.  It is one of two county seats for Yell County; the other is Danville.

While Dardanelle is no longer one of Arkansas’s largest cities, it still plays a prominent role in state affairs.  The Port of Dardanelle is one of the busiest in the state.  The Dardanelle Lock & Dam, constructed in the 1960s as a part of the McCellan-Kerr Navigation System, led to the formation of Lake Dardanelle and helps regulate river traffic on the Arkansas River.

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