Van Buren is one of the oldest cities in Arkansas. In 1818 Thomas Phillips bought land rights to the site, and for a time the community was known as Phillips Landing. Soon after, with the assigning of a post office and the sale of several lots, a courthouse was built for Crawford County. During this period a number of shops, stores, taverns and branch banks were opened, and Phillips Landing was renamed “Van Buren” in honor of Martin Van Buren, when he was Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson. ~ Van Buren Chamber of Commerce
Van Buren is the second largest city in the Greater Fort Smith Area and serves as the county seat of Crawford County. The city lies just to the northeast of Fort Smith – the two cities are separated by the Arkansas River. Like its neighbor, Van Buren has a rich historical heritage and features a number of historical landmarks.
In fact that’s one of the great things about Van Buren – its historical charm. Downtown Van Buren is lined with antique shops, an old opera house and a number of Victorian era storefronts. You can even catch a ride aboard the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad Excursion Train – an impeccably restored and polished parlor car from the 1950’s that will take you on a two-hour scenic journey through northwest Arkansas.
Community Links and resources
- Van Buren Real Estate Trends
- City of Van Buren
- Van Buren Chamber of Commerce
- Van Buren Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Van Buren School District
- Van Buren High School
- Van Buren Schools Report
- Van Buren Schools Fine Art Center
- the Press Argus-Courier
- Van Buren Police Department