Monday, May 18, 2015

Duplicate Names for Marion and Crittenden County

An interesting article from the July 12, 1957 Crittenden Press.

An anonymous reader in Paducah this week sent in a clipping of a cartoon feature to the Crittenden Press that bears on Marion and Crittenden County.

It seems that the county in Arkansas across the river from Memphis is named Crittenden County. 

The counties were named for brothers, the one in Arkansas after Robert Crittenden and our home county for brother, John J. Crittenden.

On top of that, the county seat of the Arkansas county is named Marion as well as the one in Kentucky.  Marion, Kentucky., of course, was named after the Revolutionary War General Francis Marion, known as the Swamp Fox.  But it didn't say who Marion, Arkansas was named for.

Incidentally, these are the only two Crittenden Counties in the United States.

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