Saline County was formed on November 2, 1835, from parts of Pulaski and Hempstead counties. Its name comes from early salt works in the area that supplied salt to all of Arkansas and shipped salt to Tennessee, Louisiana, and east Texas. The salt sold for $1.50 per bushel. The county seat is Benton. The landscape of Saline County is hilly terrain in the north and rolling hills in the south. At one time Arkansas accounted for 97 percent of the country’s production of bauxite, used to make aluminum. Most of that came from Saline County. The ore was discovered in 1887. Ups and downs in the aluminum industry have caused more diversification, and small manufacturing and service companies have added to the economy of the county. The county seat is geographically in the center of the state and within minutes of metropolitan amenities. The population of Saline County is 123,416 (2020 Census). It enjoys small-town comfort along with national forest recreation and natural beauty. The Saline River runs through the county offering good fishing. The Gann Museum of Saline County is comprised of large bauxite boulders and contains a collection of antiques and memorabilia on the county’s history. The county courthouse, a stately southern building, was the setting for several scenes from the 1972 movie “White Lightning” starring Burt Reynolds. Many local residents were used as extras in the film.
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Justices of the Peace
Pat Bisbee, Everette Hatcher, Carlton Billingsley, Barbara Howell, Justin Rue, Rick Bellinger, Josh Curtis, Edward A. Albares, CJ Engel, Jim Whitley, Clint Chism, J.R. Walters, Keith Keck