Magnolia is a city in Columbia County, Arkansas, United States, that was founded in 1853. At the time of its incorporation in 1858, the city had a population of about 1,950. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 10,951 according to the U.S. Census Bureau reports of 2009.
Magnolia is home to the World's Largest Charcoal Grill and the World Championship Steak Cookoff, part of the Magnolia Blossom Festival.
Economy: Magnolia when it was founded was a cotton, farm production, and marketing town. Slowly the town grew and in 1909 the Third District Agricultural School, subsequently known as Magnolia A&M and Southern State College, now known as Southern Arkansas University, was founded. During World War II Magnolia became a heavy manufacturing city. In 1938 oil and natural gas was discovered near the city in what was called the Magnolia Oil Field; the largest producing field by volume in the nation during the war. The city soon became a producer in steel, lumber, aluminum, bromine, rubber coated products and fuel cells for the military.
Festivals: Magnolia is also home to the Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cookoff. The festival has been featured on the Food Network and attracts 40,000+ to the event.
Magnolia is also known locally for its downtown shopping on the square and its natural beauty. One contributing factor to its beauty are the downtown murals, one of which was signed by Charlton Heston.
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