Saline County

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Saline County is named for large geologic salt formations found within the county borders. The county was formed in 1835 from portions of Hempstead and Pulaski counties. Neighboring counties include Pulaski County, Grant County, Hot Springs County, Garland County, and Perry County.


Saline County was established on November 2, 1835. The county is famous for its rich mineral resources. Early salt works in the county supplied the precious mineral to places throughout the mid-south. Bauxite was discovered in 1887.


Saline County is generally hilly and forested. The Saline River flows through the county.

Transportation infrastructure


The mineral resources of Saline County have long been important to the economy of the county. Salt exports were superseded in commodity value by bauxite. About 97 percent of the bauxite in the country was at one time mined in Saline County. Bauxite is used to make aluminum.

Law, government, and politics

The county seat of Saline County is Benton. The Benton County Courthouse was used in the filming of parts of the 1972 film White Lightning starring Burt Reynolds.



Places of interest

The Gann Museum of Saline County is constructed from bauxite boulders and contains exhibits on county history.



Saline County has a number of incorporated cities within its boundaries: Benton, Bryant, and Haskell. Incorporated towns in the county are Alexander, Bauxite, Traskwood, and Tull.

Other populated places in Saline County:

  • Altharp (historical)
  • Alum (historical)
  • Avilla
  • Bauxite Junction
  • Bland
  • Blocher
  • Brooks
  • Brooks (historical)
  • Bryant Oaks
  • Careywood
  • Cold Springs (historical)
  • Collegeville
  • Congo
  • Crows
  • Cunningham (historical)
  • Curtis (historical)
  • Detonti
  • Dirtdauber (historical)
  • East End
  • Edgewood
  • Electric (historical)
  • Evergreen
  • Fairplay (historical)
  • Gibbons (historical)
  • Goodman
  • Grape
  • Hurricane (historical)
  • Kentucky
  • Klondike (historical)
  • Lakeside
  • Lena
  • Lignite
  • Nance
  • Opitz (historical)
  • Owensville
  • Paron
  • Pine Haven
  • Raintree Acres
  • Reform
  • Richardson Place
  • Rubicon
  • Salem
  • Sardis
  • Shannon Hills
  • Shaw
  • Sherwood Estates
  • Slocomb (historical)
  • Springhill
  • Tatumville (historical)
  • Twin Oaks
  • Vimy Ridge
  • Whitlock (historical)
  • Woodland (historical)
  • Woodland Hills


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