Umpire, Arkansas

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Umpire, Arkansas
Unincorporated community
Umpire is located in Arkansas
Umpire is located in the US
Coordinates: 34°16′44″N 94°03′03″W / 34.27889°N 94.05083°W / 34.27889; -94.05083Coordinates: 34°16′44″N 94°03′03″W / 34.27889°N 94.05083°W / 34.27889; -94.05083
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
County Howard
Elevation 260 m (850 ft)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 78611
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Umpire, Arkansas

Umpire (also Busby ) is an unincorporated community in Howard County, Arkansas, United States.[1] It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[2][3]


In the early 1890s a new gristmill opened in the area. There was a celebratory baseball game after which a schoolteacher addressed the crowd and suggested the name Umpire for the new post office.[3][4]

On April 24, 2011, an EF1 tornado causing some damage, part of the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak, traveled from Umpire to Mineola parallel to Arkansas State Route 84.[5]


Public education for early childhood, elementary and secondary school students is available from the Cossatot River School District, which includes Umpire High School. The school's mascot is the Wildcats and blue and white serve as the school colors.


  1. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Umpire, Arkansas." USGS. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Umpire, Arkansas Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Thompson, George E. (2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 9. 
  3. ^ a b Gallant, Frank K. (2012). A Place Called Peculiar: Stories about Unusual American Place-Names. Courier Dover Publications. p. 23. 
  4. ^ Hillinger, Charles (October 13, 1985). "Arkansas' Towns of Funny Names : There's Evening Shade, Greasy Corner, Stump City, Hope". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  5. ^ National Weather Service Shreveport (LA) Office Report