US-62 on the west side of Garfield, Arkansas

Garfield: A Northwest Travel Nexus

Discover the Garfield connection . . .

The City Hall of Garfield, Arkansas

 

                     Garfield City Hall . . .

                        the heart of City life

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Southern Garfield and nearby Beaver Lake

Nestled in the Ozarks: predawn blush viewed from southeastern Garfield, Arkansas

Nestled in the Ozarks

Predawn blush viewed
from southeastern Garfield 

Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve near Garfield, Arkansas

Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve

A place to relax . . .
a place to explore . . .
within and bordering
Garfield City limits

Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve near Garfield, Arkansas
Mayor Gary Blackburn and Postmaster Laura Hamilton, holding Breast Cancer Research postage, on Go Pink for the Cure Day in Garfield, Arkansas, October 4, 2019
Mayor Gary Blackburn, Postmaster Laura Hamilton | Breast Cancer Stamp

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international campaign by breast cancer organizations to increase awareness of the disease and to promote research and prevention.

At the September meeting of the Garfield City Council, Mayor Gary Blackburn declared Friday, October 4, 2019, as Go Pink for the Cure Day in Garfield. To raise awareness of breast cancer and options for its prevention, the City of Garfield held a Go Pink for the Cure Picture Day Event at City Hall on Friday, October 4. See the link below for more information.


 

Garfield November Calendar Overview
A time for giving thanks

Counting Blessings in November

In case you haven't checked out the events on the City of Garfield Calendar for November, here is an overview.

At 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3, Daylight Saving Time will end. If you would rather not reset your clocks early on Sunday morning, set them back one hour on Saturday night, November 2. Gain that hour that disappeared last Spring when Daylight Saving Time began!

To celebrate and honor our veterans, the Garfield City Hall will be closed on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. This national holiday brings attention to the sacrifice and service of those who have served in the United States military.

On Tuesday, November 12, there will be a public forum at City Hall about the financing of the Water Storage Tank Project, starting at 5:30 PM. The public forum will be followed by the monthly meeting of the Garfield City Council at 6:00 PM.

Note that the Garfield Planning Commission will be meeting on Thursday, November 21, starting at 6:00 PM, rather than on the last Thursday of the month.

The First Baptist Church of Garfield will celebrate their 130th Church Anniversary with a Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, November 23, starting at 4:00 PM, and with a Special Anniversary Service on Sunday, November 24, starting at 10:30 AM.

If it's November, it's the season of thanksgiving — for the bounteous blessings we have received over the past year. The Garfield City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 28Thanksgiving Day, and Friday, November 29.

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The Back Forty Apparel, LLC, e-commerce company based in Garfield, Arkansas
Livin' the Dream, The Back Forty Apparel

Back to the Back Forty

The woods are calling. Hunting season has commenced. It is time to return to The Back Forty — for your outdoor apparel needs.

In January 2019, Trey Kitterman of Garfield, an outdoor enthusiast, launched The Back Forty company to provide comfortable clothing for those who also enjoy the outdoors.

Hats, tee shirts, sweatshirts, and more can be conveniently purchased at The Back Forty website 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The motto of The Back Forty is "Livin' the Dream." To help children in foster care live their dreams, a portion of the proceeds from The Back Forty sales are contributed to CASA (Court-appointed Special Advocates), a national organization that helps children encountering neglect or abuse to find stable homes.

If you are preparing to head to the grand outdoors to hunt, hike, or just meditate, check out The Back Forty for their latest special offers and take some comfort along.

To see The Back Forty page in the Garfield Business Directory follow the Learn More link below.

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Autumn scene in a deciduous woods (image source: publicdomainpictures.net)
Garfield Water Storage Tank

City Council Accepts Proposal for Refurbishing Water Storage Tank

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the Garfield City Council held a special meeting at City Hall concerning the City’s Water Storage Tank Project and options to refurbish or replace the existing City water storage tank.

The sufficiency of a refurbished water tank for the needs of Garfield was discussed. Mayor Blackburn pointed out that even if the water tank were refurbished, additional water would be needed in case of an emergency, such as fire, and that the Arkansas Department of Health would need to approve the City’s water storage and disaster contingency plans.

The Garfield water storage tank holds 40,000 gallons of water; whereas, the new tank under consideration would hold 60,000 gallons.

Proposals by ESI Engineering and Liquid Engineering to provide solutions for the City’s water storage needs were discussed. The City Council voted to accept the proposal of Liquid Engineering and Pittsburg Tank and Tower to refurbish the existing water storage tank at a cost of $170,000.

Advantages and disadvantages of funding the City’s Water Storage Tank Project directly from the City’s General Fund were discussed. The Mayor pointed out that the City's General Fund also supports the maintenance of City streets and that there would be a longer term negative impact of taking funds from the General Fund without repayment.

To read the minutes from the October 15th special meeting of the Garfield City Council, follow the Learn More link below.

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Welcome to the City of Garfield Website!


Gary Blackburn, Mayor of Garfield, Arkansas, and faithful companion Smoki
Mayor Gary Blackburn and Smoki

Abraham Lincoln’s barber, William de Fleurville, was about to shave his beard, when Mr. Lincoln said, “Willie, let’s give them a chance to grow.” And grow they did.

I believe, the day will come when people will say, “They gave the City of Garfield a chance to grow and grow it did.”

On behalf of the Garfield City Council, I welcome you to our new City of Garfield website. I believe you will find the contents of this site to be informative, enlightening, and entertaining.

As you browse about, please pay attention to our local business partners. When you “Buy In Garfield,” you automatically become a B.I.G. Spender, and thereby further the growth of the City of Garfield.

If you are a first-time visitor to our website, I encourage you to browse content about the historic Garfield Elementary School, with its iconic Bell Tower, and our own Hamilton Park. Also, Garfield is near travel destinations in the region, including Beaver Lake, Lost Bridge Village, the Pea Ridge National Military Park, and the Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve. No trip to Northwest Arkansas would be complete without a visit to one or more of these local jewels.

Iconic Bell Tower of the historic Garfield Elementary School

Lastly, it is my hope that this website will be the “tie that binds us together,” as citizens, tourists, businesses, and government. God Bless America, and God Bless Garfield.


"Garfield is probably one of the only cities in America where ordinary citizens are reading ordinances and are actively participating in public meetings." (Andy Shook, Planning Commissioner)
"I love the Short Stop burgers and ice cream! We drive from Pea Ridge to get them!" (Connie Dingman of Pea Ridge)
"Garfield is . . . located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. . . . We love the small-town atmosphere and friendly people. We are just a few miles from Beaver Lake, as well as other cities. . . . Garfield is one of God's Blessings to us." (James Teeselink, Alderman)
"I pass through Garfield frequently from Southwest Missouri heading down to NWA. I love that your elementary school looks like a castle." (Adrienne Jones of Southwest Missouri)
"We love Garfield--a small, supportive community of 'Neighbors helping Neighbors.'" (Kathy Shook, Alderman)
"We moved our family to Garfield because of the natural beauty and ability to enjoy the outdoors in our own backyard." (Devin Mulvania of Garfield)
Love living in this small town by the lake :) it's beautiful here :) (Sherri McCasland, Serendipity Salon Owner)
"I love our location, Garfield address but just a few minutes from Pea Ridge and Rogers and yet close to the Lake and camping also!" (Cerena Rogers Pruitt of Garfield)
"Garfield is a laid back town and close enough to bigger towns for shopping." (Allen Koonce of Garfield, Arkansas)