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Jonesboro, Arkansas Facts:
- County: Craighead
- Coverage Area (Total): 80.0 sq. miles
- Elevation: 259 ft.
- Population: 67,263
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Bay, Black Oak, Bono, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Jonesboro, Lake City, Monette
Jonesboro was established as a settlement shortly after 1815 and named in 1859 after William A. Jones, a state senator who supported legislature for the formation of Craighead County. Over a 10-year stretch beginning in 1869, fire destroyed the town court house on three separate occasions, with the last of these fires destroying most of downtown Jonesboro in 1878. The town’s first school district was established in 1899, the first hospital (St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center) in 1900, and the first college (Woodland College) in 1904.
In 1909, Arkansas State University was established in Jonesboro as an agricultural training school under the name First District Agricultural School. The institution began offering its first four-year degrees in 1930. After name changes to A & M College and Arkansas State College, the name changed one final time when the school was elevated to university status by the Arkansas Legislature in 1967. ASU introduced its first doctoral degree (educational leadership) in 1992, with its most recent doctoral degree in the field of biomedical sciences beginning in 2006.
Jonesboro maintains a variety of attractions including: