Sanders Announces Magnolia as Arkansas’ Capital for a Day on February 22nd


WHEREAS:  Magnolia was named the Columbia County seat after the county was formed in 1852. Though originally small and isolated, Magnolia grew quickly with the completion of a railroad spur and the development of the local cotton and lumber industries;

WHEREAS:  Magnolia constructed a new courthouse in 1906, which still stands as the centerpiece of the town today. With the arrival of Southern Arkansas University in 1909, the city’s future growth and prosperity were ensured;

WHEREAS:  The discovery of oil in Columbia County in 1938 brought new arrivals to the town, as did the development of the bromine industry in the 1960s. Today, lithium offers a new economic opportunity for Magnolia;

WHEREAS:  Visitors to Magnolia can enjoy the city’s vibrant downtown, its many annual festivals, and its historic sites dating to Arkansas’ earliest days;

WHEREAS:  Governor Sanders’ “Capital for a Day” program highlights great cities around Arkansas like Magnolia and brings senior state government officials into town to meet with their local counterparts; and

WHEREAS:  Magnolia will serve as the ninth “Capital for a Day” under Governor Sanders and will momentarily serve as Arkansas’ seat of government.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby name Magnolia, Arkansas, our Capital for a Day on February 22nd, 2024, and invite our senior state government officials to join me in a visit to the city. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 20th day of February, in the year of our Lord 2024.