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Shannon Hills (Saline County)

 

Latitude and Longitude:

34°37'12"N 092°23'44"W

Elevation:

331 feet

Area:

2.238 square miles (2010 Census)

Population:

3,143 (2010 Census)

Incorporation Date:

August 25, 1977

Historical Population as per the U.S. Census:

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Shannon Hills is a city in northern Saline County, adjacent to the southern portions of Little Rock (Pulaski County). Incorporated in 1977, Shannon Hills is largely a bedroom community, with few businesses and no industry.

The population of northern Saline County centered around communities such as Benton (Saline County) for much of the county’s history. The area that would become Shannon Hills remained unclaimed and undeveloped until after World War II. Around 1960, plans were announced to create a housing development at that location, and a dedication ceremony was held to mark the ground-breaking. Of the houses standing in Shannon Hills, almost none were built before 1960; roughly ten percent were built in the 1960s, thirty percent in the 1970s, few in the 1980s, about twenty percent in the 1990s, and about thirty percent since 2000. Paving of roads such as Chicot, Sardis, and Vimy Ridge allowed the construction of houses in the area. Residents voted to incorporate as a city in 1977 for two reasons: to provide city services for themselves and to avoid annexation into Little Rock, as happened to nearby Mabelvale (Pulaski County) at around the same time.

During the tornado outbreak of March 1, 1997, much of Shannon Hills was devastated and had to be rebuilt.

Shannon Hills received some unwanted notoriety in the first decade of the twenty-first century. In 2004, police chief John H. Brown Jr. was arrested, charged with sexual assault of a minor, and convicted. Ironically, Brown previously had made news by assisting federal officials in detecting and arresting sexual predators who used the Internet to entice minors. In 2009, Mayor Larance Davis (who had served in that office for nearly ten years) resigned after it was revealed that he had filed no income tax returns since 1996. The Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered this omission while investigating the finances of the city government. In 2013, the police department was embarrassed by the revelation that they had failed to complete necessary paperwork regarding the qualifications of their officers.

The city of Shannon Hills has never had a post office, and it shares a zip code with Mabelvale. It also has never had its own school system, being divided between the Bryant (Saline County) and Pulaski County Special school districts. Robert L. Davis Elementary School, part of the Bryant school district, is located in Shannon Hills. The school is named for an African-American man who lived on the property before the development of Shannon Hills began.

The city of Shannon Hills has full-time police, water, and street departments; a volunteer fire department; and an appointed planning commission. The few businesses in Shannon Hills include a pharmacy, a grocery store, a dentist’s office, and a restaurant. There are also two Baptist churches and a daycare center. The population of Shannon Hills grew from 2,005 in 2000 to 3,143 in 2010.

For additional information:
Boozer, Chelsea. “Shannon Hills Police Found Short of Standards in Audit.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 2, 2013, p. 2B.

City of Shannon Hills. http://shannonhills.ar.gov (accessed July 25, 2018).

Steven Teske
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Last Updated 7/25/2018

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