April 12, 1873
Faulkner County was created, named after Sanford C. Faulkner, the originator of the “Arkansas Traveler.” Its county seat is Conway. It was one of nine counties established by the Republican state legislature during post–Civil War Reconstruction. Faulkner County was one of the last counties formed in the state of Arkansas. Sparsely populated in its early years, it became the sixth-most-populous county in the state. Faulkner County is home to the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), Hendrix College, and Central Baptist College.