Norphlet is located in Union County approximately eight miles north of the county seat, El Dorado. As of the 2000 census, Norphlet has a population of 822 residents.
Norphlet was called Jesse in the 1880s. The Post Office was created in 1891. The town originally centered around William G. Miles's Sawmill. The town was named for Nauphlet Goodwin. The name of the town was misspelled by the Postal Department when the Post Office was created. The word, Nauphlet, was written in long hand and looked like Norphlet to the people in the Postal Department. So, the papers for the post office were issued for Norphlet.
Oil was discovered at Norphlet in 1922. The formation in which the oil was discovered led to 'Norphlet' becoming a geological term - a Norphlet Formation is a Jurassic Sandstone Formation.
Norphlet City Hall 870-546-2534
Mayor Jim Crotty
Crotty’s work and inspiration as mayor of Norphlet is apparent as the city has transitioned from boomtown to merchant area to a more residential setting.
Crotty led the addition of a City Park complete with lighted two-mile walking trail, a party pavilion and extensive playground equipment. He has removed unsightly buildings and houses and created a new look for the older section of Norphlet. During his tenure, he has led volunteer groups and businesses to invest time and funds in the city’s softball complex which has hosted district, regional and state tournaments and overseen the installation and completion of a new city sewer system.
He believes there is still more to do and credits a forward thinking City Council that continues to support the growth of Norphlet. A downtown Tribute Garden is in the plans as well as new festivals and citywide ‘homecoming’ gatherings.
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Chief of Police
Chief Randy Crowder
Chief Wesley Harper
The rustic area of Norphlet, AR is surrounded by tall pine trees and rolling grassy fields. Despite being a sparsely populated area, Norphlet is a tight-knit neighborhood full of people concerned for the well-being of their town, knowing full well about the very real threat of wildfire.
By becoming Firewise in 2004, the department received education and participated in various Firewise projects, which helped the community and our neighbors understand the importance of keeping the wildland off of their doorstep.
Over the years, Norphlet has carried out a variety of actions in response to a wide range of natural disasters. While also preventing wildfires from destroying their homes, the community has cleared roads from debris left behind from raging storms and, on a few occasions, has even had to recover from tornados.