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Oldest companies.

Oldest Companies

Ranked by year founded in Arkansas

    Business Name
    City                                 Founded   Type of Business

1   Rose Law Firm                           1820   Law firm
    Little Rock

2   Southwest Times Record                  1832   Newspaper
    Fort Smith

3   University of the Ozarks                1834   Private educational
    Clarksville                                    institution

4   Stinson's Jewelers                      1847   Retail
    Camden

5   Mount St. Mary Academy                  1851   Private educational
    Little Rock                                    institution

6   Post-Dispatch                           1854   Newspaper
    Dardanelle

6   The Daily Citizen                       1854   Newspaper
    Searcy

8   Hanby Lumber Co.                        1856   Wholesale/retail
    Berryville

9   Ball Barton & Hoffman                   1858   Law firm
    Monticello

10  Press Argus-Courier                     1859   Newspaper
    Van Buren

11  Northwest Arkansas Times                1860   Newspaper
    Fayetteville

11  White County Record/Searcy Sun          1860   Newspaper
    Judsonia

13  Coleman Dairy Inc.                      1862   Wholesaler
    Little Rock

14  Dyke Industries Inc.                    1866   Wholesaler
    Little Rock

14  Little Rock Regional Chamber            1866   Trade association
    of Commerce
    Little Rock

14  Pulaski County Medical Society          1866   Trade association
    Little Rock

17  Proctor Funeral Home Inc.               1868   Funeral home
    Camden

18  Arkansas Education Association          1869   Trade association
    Little Rock

19  Advance Monticellonian                  1870   Newspaper
    Monticello

19  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette               1870   Newspaper
    Little Rock

19  Bennett's Military Supplies             1870   Retail
    Little Rock

19  Carroll County News                     1870   Newspaper
    Berryville

19  Courier Index                           1870   Newspaper
    Marianna

19  The Daily World                         1870   Newspaper
    Helena

19  The Osceola Times                       1870   Newspaper
    Osceola

26  Arvest Bank                             1871   Bank
    Fayetteville

26  Democrat Printing &                     1871   Printer
    Lithographing Co.
    Little Rock

26  Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP             1871   Law firm
    Little Rock

26  Mountain Valley Spring Co.              1871   Bottled water
    Hot Springs

26  Times-Herald                            1871   Newspaper
    Forrest City

31  First National Bank of Fort Smith       1872   Bank
    Fort Smith

31  Lonoke Democrat                         1872   Newspaper
    Lonoke

31  Lyon College                            1872   Private educational
    Batesville                                     institution

34  Arkansas Press Association              1873   Trade association
    Little Rock

34  Clay County Courier                     1873   Newspaper
    Corning

36  Mullen Abstract Co.                     1874   Title company
    Walnut Ridge

36  Perry County Petit Jean Country         1874   Newspaper
    Headlight
    Perryville

38  Arkansas Medical Society                1875   Trade association
    Little Rock

38  The Courier                             1875   Newspaper
    Russellville

38  Texarkana Gazette                       1875   Newspaper
    Texarkana

38  Wood Smith Schnipper Clay & Vines       1875   Law firm
    Hot Springs

42  Batesville Daily Guard                  1876   Newspaper
    Batesville

42  Benton Courier                          1876   Newspaper
    Benton

42  Conway County Petit Jean Country        1876   Newspaper
    Headlight
    Morrilton

42  Harrison Daily Times                    1876   Newspaper
    Harrison

42  Hendrix College                         1876   Private educational
    Conway                                         institution

42  Lincoln Ledger                          1876   Newspaper
    Star City

42  The Capital Hotel                       1876   Hotel
    Little Rock

42  The Sentinel-Record                     1876   Newspaper
    Hot Springs

50  Beach Abstract & Guarantee Co.          1877   Title company
    Little Rock

50  Johnson County Graphic                  1877   Newspaper
    Clarksville

50  Philander Smith College                 1877   Private educational
    Little Rock                                    institution

53  The Banner-News                         1878   Newspaper
    Magnolia

53  Nashville News                          1878   Newspaper
    Nashville

53  Nevada County Picayune                  1878   Newspaper
    Prescott

56  Log Cabin Democrat                      1879   Newspaper
    Conway

56  Madison County Record                   1879   Newspaper
    Huntsville

58  Graham Brothers Co.                     1880   Farming
    Tuckerman

58  Ormond Cemetery Association             1880   Cemetery
    Morrilton

58  Paris Express                           1880   Newspaper
    Paris

58  Pocahontas Star Herald                  1880   Newspaper
    Pocahontas

58  Post Familie Vineyards & Winery         1880   Winery
    Altus

58  The Gurdon Times                        1880   Newspaper
    Gurdon

58  Wiederkehr Wine Cellars                 1880   Winery
    Altus

58  Yell County Record                      1880   Newspaper
    Danville

66  Besser Hardware                         1881   Retail
    Little Rock

66  Greenwood Properties of                 1881   Cemetery
    Arkansas LLC
    Hat Springs

66  Paragould Daily Press                   1881   Newspaper
    Paragould

66  Pine Bluff Commercial                   1881   Newspaper
    Pine Bluff

66  The Daily Siftings Herald               1881   Newspaper
    Arkadelphia

66  The Sheridan Headlight                  1881   Newspaper
    Sheridan

72  Arkansas Pharmacists Association        1882   Trade association
    Little Rock

72  DeWitt Era-Enterprise                   1882   Newspaper
    DeWitt

74  Greenwood Democrat                      1883   Newspaper
    Greenwood

75  Arkansas Baptist College                1884   Private educational
    Little Rock                                    institution

75  Fordyce News-Advocate                   1884   Newspaper
    Fordyce

75  Southern Bancorp Bank of                1884   Bank
    Arkansas (1)
    Arkadelphia

78  Bemberg Iron Works Inc.                 1885   Manufacturer
    Little Rock

78  Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc.      1885   Architecture firm
    Little Rock

78  E.C. Barton & Co.                       1885   Wholesale/retail
    Jonesboro

78  Eagle Democrat                          1885   Newspaper
    Warren

78  Waco Title Co.                          1885   Title company
    Lowell

83  1886  Crescent Hotel & Spa              1886   Hotel
    Eureka Springs

83  Benton County Daily Record              1886   Newspaper
    Bentonville

83  Citizens Bank & Trust Co.               1886   Bank
    Van Buren

83  Clay County Abstract Inc.               1886   Title company
    Piggott

83  Daisy Manufacturing Co.                 1886   Manufacturer
    Rogers

83  First National Bank of Eastern          1886   Bank
    Arkansas
    Forrest City

83  Gregory Insurance Agency                1886   Insurance
    Piggott

83  Ouachita Baptist University             1886   Private educational
    Arkadelphia                                    institution

83  Sexton Pharmacy                         1886   Retail
    Walnut Ridge

83  Shorter College                         1886   Private educational
    North Little Rock                              institution

83  Smith's Abrasives Inc.                  1886   Knife sharpeners,
    Hot Springs National Park                      Arkansas oil stones

83  The Mountaineer Echo                    1886   Newspaper
    Flippin

83  The Ritchie Grocer Co.                  1886   Wholesaler
    El Dorado

83  Tipton & Hurst                          1886   Retail
    Little Rock

97  Arkansas State Dental Association       1887   Trade association
    Sherwood

97  Fort Smith Regional Chamber of          1887   Trade association
    Commerce
    Fort Smith

97  Sparks Health System                    1887   Hospital
    Fort Smith

97  Subiaco Academy                         1887   Private educational
    Subiaco                                        institution

97  The Morning News                        1887   Newspaper
    Springdale

97  Union Bank & Trust                      1887   Bank
    Monticello

103 Baxter County Abstract & Title          1888   Title company
    Insurance Co.
    Mountain Home

103 Bridges Young Matthews Drake PLC        1888   Law firm
    Pine Bluff

103 Cleveland County Herald                 1888   Newspaper
    Bison

103 St. Joseph's Regional Health            1888   Hospital
    Center
    Hot Springs

103 St. Vincent Health System               1888   Hospital
    Little Rock

103 The Modern News                         1888   Newspaper
    Harrisburg

103 The Sun                                 1888   Newspaper
    Jonesboro

103 The Sun-Times                           1888   Newspaper
    Heber Springs

111 El Dorado News-Times                    1889   Newspaper
    El Dorado

111 Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce        1889   Trade association
    Fayetteville

111 First National Bank                     1889   Bank
    Paragould

111 First National Bank of Berryville       1889   Bank
    Berryville

111 Goodwin Moore LLP                       1889   Law firm
    Paragould

111 Little Rock Tent & Awning Co.           1889   Manufacturer
    Little Rock

111 Stuttgart Daily Leader                  1889   Newspaper
    Stuttgart

118 A. Tenenbaum Co.                        1890   Scrap metals
    North Little Rock

118 Conway Area Chamber of Commerce         1890   Trade association
    Conway

118 First State Bank of Warren              1890   Bank
    Warren

118 Fordyce & Princeton Railroad Co.        1890   Railroad
    Fordyce

118 Merchants & Planters Bank               1890   Bank
    Clarendon

123 Acme Brick Co.--Perla Plant             1891   Manufacturer
    Malvern

123 Arkansas Bankers Association            1891   Trade association
    Little Rock

123 Cross County Bank                       1891   Bank
    Wynne

123 First National Bank at Paris            1891   Bank
    Paris

123 Marshall Mountain Wave                  1891   Newspaper
    Marshall

128 Camden Memorials Inc.                   1892   Manufacturer
    Camden

128 Herald-Leader                           1892   Newspaper
    Siloam Springs

128 New Orleans Hotel                       1892   Hotel
    Eureka Springs

131 Atkins Chronicle                        1894   Newspaper
    Atkins

131 Conway Printing Co.                     1894   Printer
    Conway

131 Gravette News Herald                    1894   Newspaper
    Gravette

131 Our Lady of Good Counsel School         1894   Private educational
    Little Rock                                    institution

135 J.W. Black Lumber Co.                   1895   Wholesale/retail
    Corning

135 Nashville Drug Co.                      1895   Retail
    Nashville

137 Greater Hot Springs Chamber of          1896   Trade association
    Commerce
    Hot Springs

137 North Little Rock Catholic              1896   Private educational
    Academy
    North Little Rock                              institution

137 Olmstead Funeral Home                   1896   Funeral home
    Heber Springs

137 The Mena Star                           1896   Newspaper
    Mena

141 De Queen Bee                            1897   Newspaper
    De Queen

141 Deloitte & Touche LLP                   1897   Accounting
    Little Rock

141 First National Bank                     1897   Bank
    Hot Springs

141 Premium Refreshment Service             1897   Bottled water
    Little Rock

145 Arkansas Bar Association                1898   Trade association
    Little Rock

145 Bank of England                         1898   Bank
    England

145 Bank of Gravett                         1898   Bank
    G ravette

145 Cornwell Funeral Home                   1898   Funeral home
    Dardanelle

145 Little River News                       1898   Newspaper
    Ashdown

145 Mena/Polk County Chamber of             1898   Trade association
    Commerce
    Mena

145 The Times of North Little Rock          1898   Newspaper
    Little Rock

145 Warnock Furniture Co.                   1898   Retail
    Magnolia

145 Weldon Williams & Lick                  1898   Printer
    Fort Smith

145 Wynne Progress                          1898   Newspaper
    Wynne

155 Booneville Democrat                     1899   Newspaper
    Booneville

155 Charleston Express                      1899   Newspaper
    Charleston

155 Hope Star                               1899   Newspaper
    Hope

155 Methodist Family Health                 1899   Hospital
    Little Rock

159 De Queen & Eastern Railroad Co.         1900   Railroad
    De Queen

159 Independent Insurance Agents of         1900   Trade association
    Arkansas
    Little Rock

159 Little Rock Broom Works                 1900   Manufacturer
    Little Rock

159 Parkway Bank                            1900   Bank
    Rogers

159 St. Bernards Healthcare                 1900   Hospital
    Jonesboro

159 Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP           1900   Law firm
    Little Rock

165 Eads Brothers Furniture Co.             1901   Wholesaler
    Fort Smith

165 First National Bank                     1901   Bank
    Waldron

165 Grand Prairie Herald                    1901   Newspaper
    Hazen

165 Greater Eureka Springs Chamber          1901   Trade association
    of Commerce
    Eureka Springs

165 Newport Independent                     1901   Newspaper
    Newport

165 Ruebel Funeral Home                     1901   Funeral home
    Little Rock

165 The Baxter Bulletin                     1901   Newspaper
    Mountain Home

165 Warren Bank & Trust                     1901   Bank
    Warren

173 Allied Bank                             1902   Bank
    Mulberry

173 J.R. Bever Co.                          1902   Retail
    Gentry

173 Ott Insurance Agency                    1902   Insurance
    Conway

173 Pine Bluff Iron Works                   1902   Manufacturer
    Pine Bluff

177 Bank of Brinkley                        1903   Bank
    Brinkley

177 Bank of McCrory                         1903   Bank
    McCrory

177 Bodcaw Bank                             1903   Bank
    Stamps

177 Community Bank                          1903   Bank
    Cabot

177 Courier News                            1903   Newspaper
    Blytheville

177 De Queen Abstract Co. Inc.              1903   Title company
    De Queen

177 Farris Agency                           1903   Insurance
    Conway

177 First National Bank of Crossett         1903   Bank
    Crossett

177 First State Bank                        1903   Bank
    Conway

177 Simmons First National Bank             1903   Bank
    Pine Bluff

187 Bank of Prescott                        1904   Bank
    Prescott

187 Centennial Bank                         1904   Bank
    Little Rock

187 City Drug Co.                           1904   Retail
    Paragould

187 Diamond Bank                            1904   Bank
    Murfreesboro

187 Lewis Funeral Home                      1904   Funeral home
    Magnolia

187 Little Rock Realtors                    1904   Trade association
    Association Inc.
    Little Rock

187 Oaklawn Park                            1904   Racetrack
    Hot Springs

194 Arkansas Best Insurance Corp./ABI       1905   Insurance
    Insurance Agency
    Hot Springs

194 Forrest City Grocery Co.                1905   Wholesaler
    Forrest City

194 Horatio State Bank                      1905   Bank
    Horatio

194 Simmons First Bank                      1905   Bank
    Russellville

194 Sal Alman Co.                           1905   Scrap metals
    Little Rock

194 Texarkana Chamber of Commerce           1905   Trade association
    Texarkana

200 Arkansas Optometric Association         1906   Trade association
    Little Rock

200 Bank of Cave City                       1906   Bank
    Cave City

200 Darragh Co.                             1906   Wholesaler
    Little Rock

200 Farmers Bank & Trust                    1906   Bank
    Magnolia

200 First Security Bank of Mountain         1906   Bank
    Home
    Mountain Home

200 Hot Springs Awning LLC                  1906   Manufacturer
    Hot Springs

200 Reynolds Rubber Stamp Co.               1906   Manufacturer
    Little Rock

200 Seiz Sign Co.                           1906   Outdoor signs,
    Hot Springs                                    neon signs

208 Anthony Timberlands Inc.                1907   Timber
    Bearden

208 Arkansas Veterinary Medical             1907   Trade association
    Association
    Little Rock

208 Calhoun County Bank                     1907   Bank
    Hampton

208 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of               1907   Manufacturer
    Arkansas
    Little Rock

208 Farmers Bank                            1907   Bank
    Greenwood

208 Hummelstein Iron & Metal Inc.           1907   Manufacturer
    Jonesboro

214 Farmers Bank & Trust                    1908   Bank
    Blytheville

214 HomeBank of Arkansas                    1908   Bank
    Portland

216 C.J. Horner & Co.                       1909   Building materials
    Hot Springs

216 First National Bank of Lewisville       1909   Bank
    Lewisville

216 Meadors Adams & Lee Inc.                1909   Insurance
    Little Rock

216 Merchants & Farmers Bank                1909   Bank
    Dumas

216 Shepherd's Inc.                         1909   Printing, binding,
    Little Rock                                    book repair

Sources: the companies, Arkansas Press Association, Arkansas
Hospital Association, local chambers of commerce, American Short
Line & Railroad Association. Companies may have changed names
and/or ownership but must be operated as independent business
units.

Researched by G.
Moritz, J. Henry, J.
Walden
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