Diamond City is the second largest town in Boone County with a population of 782 residents. It is at the northernmost point of the peninsula at the end of State
Before Diamond City ever existed, many native Americans lived here. The Osage hunted in the White River valley when the United States first acquired this land in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Even after the Osage signed treaties with the U.S. government, which moved them farther west, the area that would become Boone County remained sparsely settled. It is also here that the “trail of tears” passes by in the late 1830’s. At the beginning of the 19th-century, settlers came to the Ozarks from eastern and southern United States. They were mostly of Scots-Irish or German descent and were searching for a better life. Some stayed and some moved on westward only after a generation or two.
The history of the land changed after World War II when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began building a series of dams to control flooding on the White River and to generate hydroelectric power. Lead Hill was located in the lowland that would become Bull Shoals Lake, and the citizens were required to move. Most relocated to the new town of Lead Hill on the nearby higher ground, but the towns of South Lead Hill and Sugarloaf were both created at this time. Sugarloaf was situated on the site of the former settlement of Dubuque. Bull Shoals Dam was begun in 1947 and completed in 1952, and Bull Shoals Lake quickly became an attraction for tourists. The dam is located in the southeast area of the lake, close to the towns of Bull Shoals and Lakeview.
Developer Henry W. Dietz converted the town of Sugarloaf into a second-class city in the 1960s. He succeeded in incorporating Diamond City on June 7, 1960, although Diamond City and Sugarloaf were not officially
The first years of the twenty-first century brought disappointments to the city. A much-publicized cold-water fish hatchery planned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for Diamond City apparently never materialized. In 2008, after being relocated several times over the years, the Diamond City post office was closed and mail was redirected to Lead Hill. Diamond City is unique in that it has two zip codes. If you receive mail delivery to your home address to a mail receptacle in front of
The City of Diamond City is classified as a second-class city with a population of 782 from the 2010 census. It has a Mayor-Council form of government. The City is divided into 3 wards with two residents being elected from each ward to sit on the Council. The City has a citywide elected Mayor, Treasurer and City Recorder. Each office is for a 4-year term. The City Council meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 PM in the Diamond City Community Center to conduct the City’s business.
Latitude and Longitude: 36º27'52"N 092º55'13"W
Elevation: 797 feet
Area: 2.683 square miles (2010 Census)
Population: 782 (2010 Census)
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