Blytheville: A City of Historical Significance

Blytheville is the largest city in Mississippi County, Arkansas. The city is approximately 60 miles north of West Memphis. Blytheville, established as a lumber mill town in the 1880s, has also served as a center for the cotton growing industry, a Strategic Air Command airbase, and a gateway city for the Natural State. Even though the airbase was phased out years ago, Blytheville has emerged as a steel production and agricultural center. Points of interest within in the city limits include the Ritz Civic Center, a restored opera house on Main Street that stages live shows throughout the year, and the Delta Gateway Museum, which memorializes the past with exhibits and photographs. The downtown area is charming featuring many cute boutiques and local businesses such as “The Book Store”, a personal favorite of Arkansas native and bestselling author, John Grisham. Best of all, we are about an hour away from all the excitement and culture of Memphis so a weekend getaway is always a possibility.