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West Memphis, Arkansas

West Memphis, Arkansas

West Memphis, occupies an area on the west bank of the Mississippi River that once included the towns of Hopefield, Bragg and Hulbert. The name "West Memphis" came into use in the early 1900s because lumber shipped from the Memphis market to foreign buyers brought higher prices. With the coming of the first rail bridge in 1892 and the first automobile bridge in 1917, West Memphis began to grow. The Memphis-Arkansas automobile bridge opened in 1949 and the I-40 (DeSoto) Bridge was dedicated in 1972. Southland Greyhound Park has been a major West Memphis attraction since 1956. Open the year around, the schedule includes live greyhound racing, plus simulcast dog and horse racing. Mid-South Community College serves the region. An Arkansas Welcome Center is located just west of town (I-40).

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Great River Road National Scenic Byway

The Great River Road, Arkansas's portion of the Mississippi River Parkway, runs for 363 miles paralleling the Mississippi River in Eastern Arkansas. This scenic highway is composed of these highways: Ark. 82, U.S. 65, Ark. 4, Ark. 1, U.S. 165, Ark. 316, Ark. 318, Ark. 20, Ark. 44

West Memphis, AR Scenic Byways

Southland Greyhound Park

Credit Cards Accepted: American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa Directions: Located where I-55 meets I-40 at Exit 279-A Live Greyhound racing and simulcast Greyhound & Thoroughbred racing; Instant Racing Machines; Open year-round;

West Memphis, AR Parks

Meadowbrook Country Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 5

West Memphis, AR Golf Courses

Things to do near West Memphis, AR

Marion Lakes Golf & Athletic Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

River Reach Park

Picnicking and fishing are available in this park that overlooks the Mississippi River; an elevated boardwalk leads to the ri...

Craighills Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Craighead Forest Lake

Craighead Forest Lake is an 80-acre recreational impoundment located south of Jonesboro on Crowley's Ridge. The lake serves a...

Jack R. Rhodes Lake Front Park

Located in downtown Lake Village on the west shore of scenic Lake Chicot, Arkansas's largest natural lake, the park includes ...