Watson Chapel, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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Watson Chapel, Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°11′20″N92°03′58″W / 34.189°N 92.066°W / 34.189; -92.066 Coordinates: 34°11′20″N92°03′58″W / 34.189°N 92.066°W / 34.189; -92.066
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Jefferson
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 71603
Area code(s) 870
GNIS feature ID 58837

Watson Chapel is a neighborhood in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. It is located at the fork of Highway 79 (Camden Road) and Highway 54 (Sulphur Springs Road), directly southwest of downtown Pine Bluff.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Pine Bluff is the tenth-largest city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is the principal city of the Pine Bluff Metropolitan Statistical Area and part of the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Pine Bluff Combined Statistical Area. The population of the city was 49,083 in the 2010 Census with 2017 estimates showing a decline to 42,984.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

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History

Watson Chapel was once a frontier town named after Methodist minister Benjamin Watson, who settled in nearby Sulphur Springs in the 1870s. Watson later converted to Presbyterianism and founded a church and school which were named Watson's Chapel. On April 5, 1880, the school district was formed, with the school still meeting in Rev. Watson’s church until a separate school building was erected in 1898. [1]

Sulphur Springs, Jefferson County, Arkansas Census-designated place in Arkansas, United States

Sulphur Springs, also known as White Sulphur Springs, is a census-designated place (CDP) in Spring Township, Jefferson County, Arkansas, United States. Its population was 1,101 as of the 2010 census.

Education

Watson Chapel is served by the Watson Chapel School District, including Watson Chapel High School.

Watson Chapel School District (WCSD) is a public school district serving the communities of Pine Bluff and Sulphur Springs within Jefferson County, Arkansas, United States. Headquartered in Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel School District employs over 300 faculty and staff to provide educational programs for students ranging from kindergarten through twelfth grade and enrolls more than 3,400 students. In 2007, the ACLU sued the school district because the dress code allegedly denied students their first amendment rights.

Watson Chapel High School is a comprehensive public high school in the Watson Chapel School District in Pine Bluff, Arkansas that serves grades 10 through 12. It is one of three public high schools in Pine Bluff and the only high school managed by the Watson Chapel School District. It serves as the main feeder school for Watson Chapel Junior High School.

The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Library System operates the Watson Chapel Dave Burdick Library, near the high school and along U.S. Highway 79. Its namesake is a man who served as a library director from 1991 until 2012. [2]

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References

  1. "Camp White Sulphur Springs Confederate Cemetery". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  2. "Watson Chapel Public Library." Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Library System. Retrieved on August 2, 2017.