Jonesboro is the fastest-growing city in Arkansas and lies between the cities of Little Rock and Memphis, TN, bordering the Mississippi Delta. With a population of more than 55,000, Jonesboro offers all the conveniences of a big city with the appeal of a small town.
The first settlers of Arkansas were the Osage, Caddoe, and Quapaw (also known as Arkansas) Indians, but by the mid 1830's treaties were signed that relocated these tribes out of the area. When Craighead County was established by federal legislation in 1859, the city of Jonesboro was named for the senator who lobbied the act, Senator William A. Jones.
The first railroads arrived in Jonesboro in 1881 with Cotton Belt Railroad, which currently co-exists with three other rail companies in Jonesboro. All provide the cargo transport necessary to support an agriculturally based economy.
Jonesboro is the heart of the northeastern Arkansas agricultural production and is located between the cotton delta to the east and rice and soybean farms to the southwest. In fact, one of the two largest rice mills in the world, Riceland Foods, operates just outside the city limits. The city of Jonesboro, however, is also a dynamic center of commerce for a region that includes northeastern Arkansas and southeastern Missouri. Major shopping areas, restaurants, houses of worship, and medical facilities serve a 7,000 square mile area.
Arkansas State University, located in Jonesboro, is the second largest accredited university in the state. Established in 1909 as an agricultural training school, ASU now has more than 52,000 alumni and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad variety of disciplines.
ASU also serves as the cultural nucleus of Jonesboro. The university's museum hosts an array of provisional exhibits every year, while perennial displays include fossils, military collections, and antiques, among others. Also located on the University's campus are the brand new Fowler Performing Arts Center and Fine Arts Center Gallery.
Leisure and Recreation
The city of Jonesboro's Parks and Recreation Department continues to pride itself on the quality of its facilities as it maintains two community centers, 20 city parks, tennis and swimming venues. From organized youth activities to picnics in the park, residents take advantage of leisure time with relaxation and family fun. For fishing, camping, and more outdoor activities three state parks are located within 25 miles of the downtown area.
Great Dane Trailers in Jonesboro
Great Dane opened its 225,000-square-foot Arkansas facility on September 16, 2002. Situated on a 50-acre site in eastern Jonesboro, the plant employs 250 people who have achieved and exceeded production goals and expectations. The Jonesboro facility also boasts an impeccable record for safety and quality
In the local community, Great Dane enjoys partnerships with the United Way, the World Safety Organization and the Existing Industries Council.