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Smackover

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Smackover is a small city in Union County, Arkansas, United States. According to Citydata.com, the 2014 population was at 1,790.HistoryIn 1686, the French settlers called this area "SUMAC COUVERT" which translates to "covered in sumac bushes". This was phonetically Anglicized by the English-speaking settlers to the name "SMACKOVER". Oil was discovered in this area in 1922 which brought national attention and a boom.Smackover was incorporated in 1923. In the 1920s there was a large scale oil industry in Smackover.Smackover Oil FieldThe Smackover Oil Field was discovered on 14 April 1922. The J.T. Murphy well drilled by Oil Operators Trust, reached the Upper Cretaceous Nacatoch sand at a depth of 2024 feet, part of the Norphlet dome. Within a year, almost 1,000 wells had produced 25 million barrels of oil. In Oct. 1922, a lighter oil was produced further west, from the Meakin sand at depths between 2230 and 2350 feet. Oil was discovered in the Blossom sand at a depth of 2610 feet in March 1923. The Graves sand was produced at a depth of 2501 feet in Jan. 1925. Oil was discovered in the Jurassic Smackover Formation limestone at a depth of 4800 feet on 8 May 1936 by the Phillips Petroleum Co. Oil and gas were produced from the porous Reynolds oolite at a depth of 4897 feet.GeographySmackover is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2sqmi, all of it land. Smackover is also an important town in South Arkansas.
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