The area that makes up Crittenden County has a very long history of settlements – dating back to prehistorical times of at least 10,000 years. Today, in the central eastern part of the county, stands the city of West Memphis. It is currently the largest city within the county, and the lawns of many of its residents are cared for by TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care. We are delighted to play our role in advancing the property values of many homes within the neighborhoods, and likewise making businesses more attractive to consumers.
Before the settlement that evolved into the modern city was constructed, this area was explored in the 16th century by Hernando DeSoto, which unfortunately resulted in the enslavement of many Native Americans.
After two previous settlements failed due to the Civil War, and economic reasons, the levee system was fortified in the area. A lumberjack bought 300 acres and built a sawmill, which served as the founding of the economy in what is now the present day city. After much of the land was cleared and sold as timber, agriculture made its way into the settlement. TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care continues the tradition of floral cultivation in our lawn care and plant care services. Eventually a boarding house and store were built, and the place was on its way to becoming a permanent establishment. In the year 1917, two highways were built. Exactly one decade later, in 1927, West Memphis was officially incorporated.
Today, West Memphis sits on 28.5 square miles of area, 0.08 of which is water. As of the 2010 census, it has a reported residency of 26,245, with a 2015 estimation of 25,052.
West Memphis has its own independent school district. It consists of seven elementary schools, three junior high schools, and one high school. There are also two private schools within the borders of West Memphis – St. Michael’s Catholic School, and West Memphis Christian School, which serves children from pre-K through 12th grade.
Business and Economy
Though there are many industries represented here, the single most important sector of the economy of West Memphis is distribution and assembly. This is because of its location at the intersection of Interstate 55 and Interstate 40, as well as railroad access. The main industries of distribution are retailers.
Another important sector of West Memphis’ industry is healthcare. Crittenden Regional Hospital is located within the city’s borders, and its growing business has attracted competing small clinics.
The downtown area, known as Broadway, is home to dozens of stores as well as restaurants of varying cuisines. The restaurant and retail sectors are gradually increasing their numbers in the city, and hence, their role in the local economy. Small service based industries similar to TLC TurfMaster Lawn Care also play a significant part in keeping this city going.
West Memphis is home to 11 parks. Tilden Rogers Sports Complex, for example, more than lives up to its name with five multi-purpose sports fields, four softball and baseball fields, 12 tennis courts, and one volleyball net. However, it also offers more passive recreation with its picnic area, walking track, and horseshoe pits. Its largest passive attraction, however, is its eight-acre fishing lake. Others, like Hicks Park, are small and simple, with just a play area and one basketball court.
A popular event in West Memphis that occurs during the spring is the one-day bash called Blues on Broadway. Blues singers from all over come to ply their craft during on a weekend day in May. Of course, the event also features food and beverages.