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Calico Rock Relocation Guide

About Historic Calico Rock, Arkansas

French fur traders traveling up the White River first saw the magnificent beauty of the calico- colored bluffs overlooking the river teeming with Rainbow Trout. Eventually, this magnificent spot on the banks of the White River was settled as Calico Rock. The banks of the White River were a natural for growing cotton which was traded when the river boats came to town with some pretty rowdy nights in Peppersauce Alley. In the early 1900s, Calico Rock became a railroad boom town.

Today, Calico Rock is home to the Community Medical Center of Izard County, the award winning White River Current newspaper, the NCA accredited Calico Rock Public Schools, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Regional Offices, the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit, Sentinel Industries, manufacturing leader Integrated Stair Systems, an historic main street, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!

This is our hometown and we hope that you will take a few minutes to become acquainted with our community and all we have to offer you.

Our Community

Calico Rock has a population of approximately 1,000 people. We are located in Izard County, Arkansas. Izard County has a population of approximately 13,000 people. The seat of county government is located in Melbourne, Arkansas which is approximately 20 miles from Calico Rock.

The Bluff City Bank Building

The Bluff City Bank Building was the first to be constructed on the “upper Main Street” around 1900. Over the years, the building has housed the Bluff City Bank, Calico Rock Post Office, and the Calico Rock City Hall.

The building underwent a major renovation in 2004 including being painted in period colors. Today, the building houses the Calico Rock Visitors Center, Calico Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Calico Rock Economic Development Corporation, and the Calico Rock Museum.

This building offers a single location for all the information you need about Calico Rock and the area. You can contact the offices at 870-297-4129.

Hale Garner Industrial Park

The Hale Garner Industrial Park is situated on approximately 40 acres of prime real estate located within the City of Calico Rock. The entire property is serviced by city utilities, designated an Enterprise Zone, and is available for immediate development. For example, the park houses Integrated Stair Systems’ Ozark Metals on approximately 10 acres of real estate with over 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Additional sites are available. Protective covenants are in place to insure proper industrial development. CRIDC can provide land for your industrial location by grant if prospective industries meet certain requirements. CRIDC may be available for construction of specification buildings as well. For more information, contact the CRIDC at 870-297-4129.

Municipal Airport

The Calico Rock Municipal Airport is located approximately 5 miles from town adjacent to the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit. The airport has a 3,000 foot asphalt runway with tie-downs and a new lighting system. A $1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will allow the development of a Master Plan which will include expansion and improvement of the airport. The future expansion plans include hangars, taxiway, and instrument approach.


Rail transportation is available to the Calico Rock spur by Union Pacific Railroad (888-870-8777). Calico Rock is part of the US 412 corridor. The Arkansas Department of Highway and Transportation has begun construction of a multi-year project to improve access to US 412. Motor freight is available from several companies located in and around the community. For a listing of local freight companies, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 870-297-4129. Motor freight companies in Arkansas include, but are not limited to:

Abf Freight System, INC Alton Bean Trucking, INC. Arkansas Transit Homes, INC. Bill Davis Trucking, INC. Cannon Express Corp. Carman, INC. Chrisman Heavy Hauling, INC. Comstar Enterprises, INC. Conley Transport, INC. Continental Express, INC Don's Express, INC. Dowell Transport, INC. E. T. A. Transportation, INC. Fikes Truck Line, INC. Floyd Trucking, INC.A G & H Transportation Co., INC. Howard Trucking, INC. Hurricane Express, INC. J. D. & Billy Hines Trucking, INC. J.B. Hunt Tranport, INC. J.M. Bozeman Enterprises, INC Jmar Express, INC. K.P.Carriers, INC. Lee's Trucking, INC. Lmt Express, INC. Marrlin Transit, INC. Maverick Transportation, INC. Mcconnell Heavy Hauling, INC. Millwood Trucking, INC. Nighthawk Transport, INC P.A.M. Transport, INC. Russell Yarbrough Moving & Storage Co., INC. S.W.T., INC. Sds Transportation Svc, INC. Silica Transport, INC. Transco Lines, INC. Usa Truck, INC. Wayne Smith Trucking, INC. Weatherly Truck Lines, INC. West Northwest Trptn., INC.

City Government

Calico Rock has a Mayor, a Recorder, and an eight member City Council. You must obtain a City License to operate a business in Calico Rock. City Hall provides water and sewer services. For information on permits or licensure fees, contact the City Hall at 870-297-3772.

County Government

Assessor’s Office Property Tax Assessment 870-368-7810 Clerk’s Office Recording Deeds, Etc. 870-368-4316 County Judge’s Office Chief Administrator 870-368-4328 Tax Collector’s Office Tax Payment 870-368-7247 Treasurer’s Office Treasury 870-368-4394 State Revenue Office Vehicle Tags, Drivers Licenses 870-368-4335

Tax Rates

State Income Taxes

Arkansas individual income tax is graduated, up to 7 percent at the $25,000 income level. Arkansas corporate income tax is also graduated, up to 6.5%. Visit the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration for more information about Arkansas taxes.

State Sales Taxes

Arkansas Sales & Use tax is 6%. County and cities may also enact local option sales taxes. In Calico Rock, the sales tax is 8%. However, the state has reduced the sales taxes on food and groceries. You can ask your grocery store what the current sales tax on food is or contact City Hall for more detailed information.

Real Estate Taxes

Real property is assessed at 20% of its fair market value, and total real estate taxes are based on this assessment. To calculate the real estate taxes in a particular city, you must add the total county millage rates to the city, school district, and fire protection district millage rates.

Health Care

Calico Rock and Izard County are serviced by an enhanced 911 calling system. Ambulance services are provided by Arkansas Emergency Transport and AirEvac helicopter service. A medical trauma center is available in Calico Rock at the Community Medical Center of Izard County (870-297-3726). A $3.5 million expansion project in 2005 expanded and improved the trauma center, expanded the surgical suite, and improved diagnostic capabilities. Regional medical centers are available in Mountain Home, within 30 miles of Calico Rock, at Baxter Regional Medical Center. Trauma centers are also available in nearby Memphis, Tennessee, Springfield, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas. These centers are all within a three hour drive of Calico Rock and short helicopter flight.

The Community Medical Center Clinic of Calico Rock (870-297-3726) provides medical care through five full-time doctors Monday-Saturday. Emergency room services at Community Medical Center of Izard County are staffed by full-time emergency room doctors.

McClain Chiropractic (870-297-2273) provides full Chiropractic Services including decompression therapy.

Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy (870-297-8107) provides full-service prescription, over-the-counter medications, along with a complete line of gifts and unique home decor.

White River Healthcare (870-297-3719) provides a 70 bed skilled-nursing facility in a caring environment. They’re motto is “we care for those you care for.” They provide rehabilitation services, as well.

Lane Dental Clinic (870-297-3773) provides full-service dental services through Dr. John Lane, D.D.S.


The Calico Rock Public Schools (870-297-8533) are accredited by the North Central Association and have consistently performed among the top schools in Arkansas. The elementary campus boasts an impressive Fine Arts Center and Auditorium. The high school campus includes a premier agriculture education center, Fine Arts Complex, and state-of-the-art gymnasium.

White River Preschool is an accredited preschool facility which relocated to a newly renovated facility in 2005.

Calico Rock Headstart (870-297-8853) offers a preschool educational experience offering students an opportunity to gain tools they will need to be ready to learn when they enter school.

For those interested in additional training and coursework, Ozarka College (870-368-7371) offers both vocational training programs and two-year college degree programs. Ozarka College has reciprocation agreements with most two-year and four-year colleges in Arkansas where course work transfers to those institutions. Additionally, Arkansas State University in Mountain Home (870-508-6100) is a satellite campus of Arkansas State University located in Jonesboro. Two-year and four-year programs are offered on the Mountain Home campus.

Employee Recruitment

Our area has an abundance of well-qualified, highly-motivated individuals ready and willing to go to work for your company. To assist in your search, you can employ the resources of A.I.D. in Mountain Home or StaffMark (870-698-2800) in Batesville. They can meet your needs in locating full-time, part-time, or seasonal staffing.

Fire and Police Protection

The Calico Rock Volunteer Fire Department (870-297-4203) provides an all-volunteer, highly-trained, state-of-the-art fire protection to the community. The ISO fire rating in Calico Rock is currently a 5 because of the hard work of these dedicated professionals.

The Izard County Sheriff’s Office (870-368-4203) provides protection to the community through a contract law enforcement agreement. The department is modern, well-staffed, and highly trained.

Utilities Services

Cellular Telephone service can be obtained through Verizon Wireless store (located next to Family Dollar on Highway 56). Other cellular providers include AT&T and Sprint (both have offices in Mountain Home).

Telephone CenturyTel 800-225-2587 Electricity Entergy 800-368-3749 Natural Gas Arkansas Western Gas 800-425-5445 Solid Waste Disposal IESI 870-994-7000 Water & Sewer City of Calico Rock 870-297-3772 Security Monitoring Advanced Detection Systems 800-605-4223 Welding Supplies Scott-Gross 870-453-5815 AirGas 800-455-3883 Distances to Major Cities Atlanta 580 miles Chicago 550 miles Dallas 460 miles Little Rock 130 miles Memphis 150 miles New Orleans 530 miles New York 1,280 miles St. Louis 270 miles Tulsa 360 miles

Community Contacts

Fishing Guide Services Calico Rock Trout Dock 870-297-8131 Jenkins Fishing Service 870-297-8181 Lindsey’s Trout Dock 870-297-4543 Lodging Jenkins Motel 870-297-8987 Edsrock Lodge 870-297-4524 Calico Rock Cabin 901-299-4952 Bluff House 870-297-4543 Calico Bluff Cabins 515-360-6654 Cedar Ridge RV Park 870-297-4282 The Riverview Hotel 870-297-8208 White River Suites 870-297-8555 Wiseman Motel 870-297-3733 Restaurants Don Quixote’s 870-297-8899 Subway 870-297-4400 Insurance White River Insurance 870-297-8104 Farm Bureau Insurance 870-368-7368 North Central Insurance 870-368-4311 State Farm 870-368-7870

Financial Institutions

First National Bank of Izard Co. 870-297-3711 Bancorp South 870-297-4288

Various Needs

Knowles True Value 870-297-3710 Sanders Plumbing 870-297-8784 B & B Supply 870-297-3033

Quality of Life

The world-famous White River provides an enjoyable opportunity to catch Rainbow Trout or German Brown Trout. Relax as you take a leisurely float trip or engage in an adventure-of-a-lifetime by kayaking along the amazing waters.

The Ozark National Forest provides ample recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, back-packing, cave exploring, or going for it all on the Syllamo Mountain Bike trails. The Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail was named one of 5 Epic Bike Trails for 2005 by the International Mountain Bicycling Association!

Nearby Norfork Lake or Bull Shoals Lake provide a boating and fishing paradise. Nearby Strawberry River provides some great white water rafting. Blanchard Springs Caverns and the Ozark Folk Center provide excellent state parks for a day of exploring.

With moderate temperatures and spectacular scenery, Calico Rock is a great place to raise a family and live in the natural beauty of the Ozarks.

Closing a Deal

Many local banks can be your closing agent, but there may be a need for one of these local services. While we are not endorsing these companies or their products/services, they are available to you:

Izard County Abstract Company 870-368-4818 Lewis Law Firm 870-297-4806 Bassett Real Estate 870-297-8118 Bray Law Firm 870-368-3644 Gray Dellinger Law Firm 870-368-4317


The Calico Rock Industrial Development Corporation will be aggressive in identifying incentives, tax-back, tax-abatement, and programs for your industry. We will work closely with the Arkansas Department of Economic Development (800-ARKANSAS) and federal government programs to secure the best incentives and programs for your business. Call us today and put our experience to work for you!

Calico Rock Industrial Development Corporation



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