TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care has spread our lawn care services due in no small part to customers spreading the word. The word is that we do great work. We do not confine ourselves to our home county, but serve our neighbors as well. That certainly extends to the people in Mississippi County, and to the city of Osceola, one of its dual county seats. Since we began serving this city ten years ago, more of our neighbors to the northeast have taken note and followed suit. Our company looks forward to adding you to our roster of happy, returning clients.
Around this swampland during the prehistorical times, the land was heavily settled by various Native American tribes. After the territory was acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase, European settlers began to make their way inside what is now Osceola, and Mississippi County at the beginning of the 19th century. Many of these early settlers were speculators who ended up negotiating for further territory along the Mississippi River. Timber served as the original anchor for the budding economy of the settlement.
Originally incorporated in 1853, it was reincorporated in 1875 after the Civil War, as a result of the forming of Mississippi County, breaking away from Crittenden. It was also named the county seat at that time. Blytheville became the second in 1901. Today, the city occupies 7.8 square miles, all of which is land. Its official population as of the 2010 census is 7,757, with a 2015 estimate of 7,233.
Osceola has its own independent school district, despite its relatively small population. It consists of two elementary schools, the Osceola STEM Academy for grades 5-8, and one high school.
Business and Economy
The economy of Osceola has come a long way in diversification from its early days of timber and agriculture. Transport is rapid due to its proximity to the Mississippi River. Today, the economy has long transformed. There is a considerably diverse industrial presence within the borders. DENSO, a large supplier of automotive parts, has a facility in Osceola, where ventilation, heat, and air conditioning systems are manufactured. The Plum Point Energy Station also provides employment for many residents and those in the surrounding area.
The city’s downtown section also has many small, locally owned businesses from service industries, as well as a variety of restaurants, boutiques, and grocery stores. Regardless of their size, TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care can beautify their lawns and landscapes with the same personal touch. Some of these smaller businesses have been a staple in this community for 70 years or more.
The copper-domed Mississippi County Courthouse was built in 1912. Initially, the first floor contained the county jail, hence its lack of windows. The inside is multi-colored, with stone tiles. In 1978, it was put on the list of the National Register of Historic Places.
Also on the register is the Hale Avenue Historic District, which comprises a large portion of the central part of town. Since its registry, it has been expanded twice, so some of the buildings contained in the district are relatively new.
The Osceola Heritage Festival is held annually on a weekend in May. It is a huge celebration of blues music, where a significant portion of its original artists developed and popularized the genre. Interestingly enough, the festival also includes performing artists from other genres. The weekend bash is also known for its number of highly touted food vendors. It is held in the central downtown area, near the historic courthouse.