Piggott, Arkansas

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Piggott, Arkansas
City
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum
Location in Clay County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Clay County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°23′2″N 90°11′34″W / 36.38389°N 90.19278°W / 36.38389; -90.19278Coordinates: 36°23′2″N 90°11′34″W / 36.38389°N 90.19278°W / 36.38389; -90.19278
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Clay
Government
Area
 • Total 5.3 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 • Land 5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 302 ft (92 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,849
 • Density 734.7/sq mi (288.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72454
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-55130
GNIS feature ID 0058365

Piggott, Arkansas is a city in Clay County, Arkansas, one of that county's two seats (Corning is the other). It is also the northern terminus of the Arkansas segment of Crowley's Ridge Parkway. As of the 2000 census, Piggott's population was 3,894. The town was founded by William N. Barron, after his sister's married name (sister Sarah Ann Barron, wife of John Piggott).

History[edit]

Piggott is perhaps best known for its association with American writer and Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, whose second wife Pauline Pfeiffer was the daughter of prominent local landowner and businessman Paul Pfeiffer. After meeting and marrying in Paris in the late 1920s, Ernest and Pauline made frequent and lengthy visits to her parents' home in Piggott, where Ernest wrote portions of A Farewell to Arms, and other works. The Pfeiffer House and Carriage House are now preserved as the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, run by Arkansas State University.

The town was mentioned in the 1990s television sitcom Evening Shade, set in Arkansas. The high school football team coached by "Wood Newton" (played by Burt Reynolds) celebrated when it tied Piggott High in a game, which it almost always lost.

Piggott was also one of the filming sites for Andy Griffith's acting debut, A Face In The Crowd. The film, which also starred Patricia Neal, featured several Piggott citizens as movie "extras." Scenes were also filmed in the Northeast Arkansas town of Paragould. Several locations in Piggott are featured in the movie, including the Piggott Mohawk football field, the old Clay County jail, and a swimming pool at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer residence. Piggott was chosen when Toby Bruce, a friend of Ernest Hemingway. recommended the site to writer Budd Schulberg.

Geography[edit]

Piggott is located at 36°23′2″N 90°11′34″W / 36.38389°N 90.19278°W / 36.38389; -90.19278 (36.383794, -90.192847)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.14%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,894 people, 1,726 households, and 1,101 families residing in the city. The population density was 751.8 people per square mile (290.2/km²). There were 1,912 housing units at an average density of 369.1 per square mile (142.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.59% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.18% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,726 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,404, and the median income for a family was $35,625. Males had a median income of $25,482 versus $19,405 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,382. About 8.1% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Local civic leaders[edit]

  • Mayor: Gerald Morris
  • City Clerk: Ramona Magee
  • Treasurer: Jamie Cluck
  • District Judge: David Copelin
  • City Attorney: John R. Lingle
  • Police Chief: Bill Alstadt
  • Fire Chief: Bradley Scheffler
  • Street Superintendent: Gary Chronister
  • Water Superintendent: Bradley Scheffler
  • Electric Superintendent: Bruce Swan
  • Power Plant Superintendent: David Finley
  • Code Enforcement Officer: David Moody
  • Parks and Recreation Director: Shannon Williams

Voting districts[edit]

  • State Senate District: 11
  • State House District: 79
  • U.S. Congressional District: 1 [1]

Education[edit]

The Piggott School District is composed of two campuses. Piggott Elementary School is the campus for grades K-6, while Piggott High School is composed of grades 7-12. In recent years, the school has enrolled around 1,000 students per school year. The schools offer several extracurricular activities for students including athletics, band, and various clubs and organizations. The athletic program includes boys' football, tennis, basketball, baseball, golf, and track and field. Girls' sports include basketball, volleyball, tennis, softball, track and field, and golf. Most recently, the school added a skeet shooting team to its list of activities. PHS also opened a new gymnasium during the 2007-2008 athletic season. The Principal is Barry DeHart. The Vice Principal Is Brock Swann.

Notable natives[edit]

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