Austin, AR
As part of the Little Rock, Arkansas metro area, Austin is located in Lonoke County. With a setting on Highway 67, Austin is easily accessible to Little Rock and its business, culture and entertainment.

History

Old Austin, as it is now called, was originally settled in 1820. Before the advent of the railroad, it was a thriving town. However, the railroad did not go through Austin and in the late 1800s, it declined. Along the way, the city had other names, such as Oakland Grove, Atlanta, Saundersville, and Oakland. Its first store was built by Isaac Dunaway and Colbert Moore in 1948. By the time of the Civil War, Austin had grown to house three doctors, thirty homes, a grocery and several dry goods stores, three saloons and a hotel and more.

More can be read about its interesting history at this website or in the book by Mary Gray Portis, “A Ghost Town of Arkansas.” 

Parks and Recreation

Abundant parks are located within a short distance from Austin. Included is Cabot Park, and the Cabot Parks and Recreation Department maintains a pool and recreation center. Fitness and aquatic classes are offered as well as children's fitness and child care. A therapy pool completes the aquatic facilities. Additionally, basketball courts provide fun for family members. The Cabot Skate Park is exciting for teens, and football, soccer and softball are part of the recreation. Both adult and youth sports are all offered at Cabot.

Attractions and Activities

Tour Old Austin and its remains, a real ghost town. Learn more about visiting Old Austin here. Nearby, family members might enjoy the Fear Factory. Explore Little Rock and its riverfront or visit the Arkansas State Capitol Building. Northern Little Rock boasts the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Art Centers and Museums are also part of this city. Those seeking information on classes given at the art center can call (501) 372-4000.


Events

Arkansas events happen in Little Rock, the capital. Enjoy festivals that include a Holiday Tour of Homes, celebrating architecture and interior design. The Heifer International Living Gift Market happens in December as well as the Arkansas Craft Guild's Annual Arts and Crafts Extravaganza. Free Trolley rides of the riverfront are offered on Holly Trolley Day. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the Little Rock Marathon in March. The LANTERNS! Festival delights children and adults in February. Learn more about all the monthly happenings here. Locally, December's Cabot Christmas Parade is sure to thrill everyone in the family with an event close to home.
Victoria Robertson
Victoria Robertson
Executive Broker