The small community of Paris, Arkansas is known as The Gateway to Mount Magazine, which is the highest point in the state and one of the highest points between the Alleghenies and the Rockies. Paris with a population of 3,532 (2010 census) is one of two county seats in Logan County. Coal mining flourished as the main industry until the 1960’s. Today the town’s economic base benefits from the presence of manufacturing facilities producing parts for the automotive and aerospace industries. Farming and ranching remain among the largest trades but tourism got a boost with the construction and opening of a 60-room world-class lodge and guest cabins on the top of nearby Mount Magazine drawing an estimated 400,000 people a year to the area.
The Caulksville / Ratcliff Branch office is centrally situated at the crossroads of Highways 22 and 23. Highway 23 South will take you to Booneville. A stone’s throw north on the same state highway is Ozark. Traveling east on Highway 22 is Paris and west is Charleston and then Fort Smith. The 2010 census credited Caulksville with 213 residents and Ratcliff with 202. Nearby is the County Line Sale Barn and Flea Market which is held each Wednesday. The County Line School District which serves the area has the distinction of its campus being located partly in Logan County and partly in Franklin County.
Booneville, Arkansas, located at the intersections of Highways 10 and 23, is nestled between the Ouachita and Ozark mountains. It is the county seat for the southern district of Logan County. With a population of 4,082 (2010 census), Booneville may be best known for the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium established in 1909 about 3 miles south of the town. Due to effective drug therapy for tuberculosis, the sanatorium closed in 1973 and is now the campus for the Booneville Human Development Center, a state-run residential program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Waldron, Arkansas is the county seat for Scott County, Arkansas and located in the midst of the Ouachita Mountains. The city had a total population of 3,618 as of the 2010 census. Waldron is the home for the Scott Theatre which is the oldest operating movie theater in the state of Arkansas. Timber and poultry are the major industries in the county. The largest employer in Waldron is a major poultry processing plant. In June and October, bluegrass fans flock to Waldron for festivals at the Turkey Track Bluegrass Park which feature major bluegrass acts from across the U. S. Camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting are popular activities in the area.