Bee Branch, Arkansas

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Bee Branch, Arkansas
Unincorporated community
This is an image of Bee Branch, Arkansas as it was back in 1912.
This is an image of Bee Branch, Arkansas as it was back in 1912.
Bee Branch, Arkansas is located in Arkansas
Bee Branch, Arkansas
Bee Branch, Arkansas
Bee Branch's position in Arkansas.
Coordinates: 35°27′03″N 92°23′41″W / 35.45083°N 92.39472°W / 35.45083; -92.39472Coordinates: 35°27′03″N 92°23′41″W / 35.45083°N 92.39472°W / 35.45083; -92.39472
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Van Buren County
Elevation 508 ft (154 m)
Population (2000) 1,724 (886 households)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Bee Branch is an unincorporated community in Van Buren County, Arkansas, U.S.A.. The community is located near secondary roads and no Interstate highways in the immediate area. U.S. Route 65 is the most major highway to go through Bee Branch. The elevation of Bee Branch is 764 feet (233 m) above sea level and its residents use the Central Time Zone. The ZIP code that the Bee Branch area residents use is 72013.[1]

More than 70% of the local population consist of married couples.[1] The majority of the population were born out-of-state and exclusively speak the English language.[1] Residents of Bee Branch spend an average of 42 minutes commuting to and from work.[1] Bee Branch was indirectly affected by an outbreak of tornadoes in November 2005. Bee Branch has enjoyed a population growth of 5% since 2000 with a current population of 1,724 people. There is no metro area or city nearby; therefore, residents and visitors have difficulty using alternative transportation. However, the nearest towns are Clinton and Fairfield Bay.

Education[edit]

Public education is provided by multiple school districts depending on the resident's residence and zoning:

Notable people[edit]

Bee Branch is also the home town of Larry Nixon.[2] He is a professional fisherman and a video game celebrity in Japan with a wife, two sons and one daughter.[2] While the local video game players either bought and/or rented this game as TNN Bass Tournament of Champions in the Bee Branch area, Japanese gamers saw the game released as Larry Nixon's Super Bass Fishing. The capital of Japan (Tokyo) is located 6,492 miles (10,448 km) away from Bee Branch[3] and only avid sports fans realized Nixon's link to the Bee Branch area.

Virginia Morris Johnson, the first woman (1968) to seek the office of governor of Arkansas, was reared in Bee Branch from the age of fourteen years. She graduated from South Side High School in 1946.

Arkansas State Representative Kim Hammer, a Baptist clergyman from Saline County, was reared in Bee Branch and graduated from South Side High School.

Jim McKnight, professional baseball player, whose son also played in the Major Leagues, was born in Bee Branch.

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