Head To This One Arkansas Town For The Ultimate Cultural Experience

Downtown Jonesboro is a thriving scene of modernity mixed with Arkansas history. The largest town in northeast Arkansas, Jonesboro itself is home to students, families with roots that go back for ages, and new residents looking for a comfortable and fun place to live while being just an hour’s drive away from Memphis. For a location that started out with the purpose of being another cotton town, Jonesboro has diversified its economy and itself over the years and has become a major point of reference in Arkansas culture.

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Jonesboro’s story extends all the way back to 1859 when the town was first established as a county seat. At the time, there were only 150 residents within city limits. Jonesboro’s West Washington Avenue Historic District features homes built between 1890 and 1930. The district includes 13 historic properties that represent a variety of architectural styles including Tudor Revival structures and Queen Anne Victorian houses. In 1982, the West Washington Avenue District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The historic Craighead County courthouse is just one of many locations to visit while you’re in downtown Jonesboro. If you’re in the mood for excellent food, popular restaurants such as Godsey’s Grill, Sully’s, Sue’s Kitchen and Skinny J’s are highly recommended by locals among a list of 12 downtown dining destinations. If shopping is more of your idea of a good time, Jonesboro’s Turtle Creek Mall is the largest shopping area in northeast Arkansas, so you’re bound to find what you’re looking for!

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The flagship campus of the Arkansas State University system is the heartbeat of Jonesboro. Student life is a big part of what makes Jonesboro so culturally diverse. The University has a campus that’s full of people from all walks of life and from a number of nations. Students love the ASU school spirit and close sense of community Jonesboro has maintained despite its growth and development into one of Arkansas’s major cities. It’s no wonder so many students and residents connect so well with this northeast Arkansas town. It’s a great blend of history and excitement for what’s ahead in years to come.

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