Natural beauty can be found at every bend of the road in Melbourne, but the beauty of our community spirit shines even brighter. Melbourne's people are friendly and progressive in spirit.
Izard County was the 13th county to be formed in the territory of Arkansas on October 27, 1825. It was created from part of the pre-existing Independence County and named for George Izard, the second territorial governor of Arkansas.
Melbourne was once named Mill Creek. The first post office was established under that name on January 14, 1854. Mill Creek was declared the county seat on May 10, 1875. The name was subsequently changed from Mill Creek to Melbourne on February 16, 1876.
The temperature in Melbourne Arkansas and Izard County varies from a winter mean of 40.5 degrees to a summer mean of 77.6. Rainfall totals about 47 inches annually and snowfall totals 7.5 inches a year. The growing season ranges from 195 to 205 days per year.
In Melbourne, you will find friendly people, reasonable land prices, low taxes compared to other parts of the country, shopping, doctors, 2 medical clinics, an emergency paramedic service, an optometrist, and 2 dentists. There are modern schools and several churches.
Industry in Melbourne includes McDonald-Douglas Aircraft Assembly Plant, White River Shirt Factory and a new Color Tile plant. Although the population is only 1700, Melbourne boasts a 4000-ft. airport.
For those seeking a higher education, Ozark University is located in Melbourne and provides higher education to area students. Those who wish to travel a little farther can find Harding University, the Arkansas State University-Beebe Branch and the University of Central Arkansas within an hour's drive. Senior citizens can attend college tuition-free in Arkansas.
The Community Medical Center of Izard County, Stone County Medical Center and Fulton County Hospital are all located within 20 miles of Melbourne, providing myriad medical options to the region. Melbourne combines the advantages of peaceful small town living with many of the conveniences of a larger area.
If water is your thing, Melbourne is only a short drive from the world famous White River, home of record-breaking trout and awesome river rafting opportunities. A few short miles northwest you will find another wonderful trout stream, the North Fork River. And just past that is Lake Norfork, a home to all kinds of water sports, including swimming, boating and water-skiing.
Northeast of Melbourne are the quaint stores that make up the Main Street in Hardy, Arkansas, and the great canoeing on the Spring River. Melbourne is sandwiched between some of Arkansas' best canoeing. Passing northeast is the Strawberry River and about 60 miles to the west is the Buffalo National River.
On your excursions, you will more than likely spot some of the native wildlife such as the white-tail deer or wild turkey. Melbourne is a great hunting spot, with a number of local campsites available to outdoorsmen.
Whether you're looking for a home or a place of business, Melbourne and Izard County have much to offer. We're proud to be a part of the community... and we hope that we'll soon be able to call you our neighbor.