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Halley, Arkansas
Unincorporated community
Veteran's Memorial in Halley
Veteran's Memorial in Halley
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
County Desha
Elevation 43 m (141 ft)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 57868

Halley is an unincorporated community in Desha County, Arkansas.

History

Tornado Damage to Farm South of Halley, Arkansas
This farm south of Halley was damaged when an EF2 tornado struck Chicot and Desha counties on December 20-21, 2013.

John J. Bowie (eldest brother of James Bowie) purchased land in the area in 1857.

Construction of the Mississippi, Ouachita and Red River Railroad—the first chartered railway in Alabama—began in 1852, and 7 mi (11 km) of track had been laid west from Eunice by the start of the Civil War. The line passed through Bowie's land, and a stop there was called "Bowie Station". The railroad was completed after the war, but abandoned in 1875 after flooding on the Mississippi River damaged the railbed and bridges. Highway 208 between Eunice and Halley was built on the abandoned railbed.

Bowie Station was later renamed "Halley" after early settlers, the Halley family.

In 1901, a line of the Missouri Pacific Railroad was built through Halley.

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