Welcome to Little Italy, Arkansas.
Generations of Arkansans have called Little Italy home. Settled in 1915 by Italian immigrants, the community today still contains descendants of the first people to this area as well as newer families who enjoy the beauty of nature and wide open spaces of this well-loved historic land.
Little Italy Celebrates It's Centennial - 100 years strong!
The Story of Dal Santo in Arkansas Life Magazine.
by: Nicholas Hunt "As Little Italy, a century-old community in the far western reaches of Pulaski County, fights for township, one man remembers the life that led him there." Read more...
New Book tells story of Historic Little Italy in pictures.
Telling a story in pictures is Little Italy, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local author Chris Dorer is set to release on August 17, 2015. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.
Chris Dorer compiled this book in recognition of Little Italy’s 100th anniversary as a community. Its images offer a glimpse at everyday life in the early-20th century. For more information and how to order, click here.
Little Italy is Incorporating into a Town; celebrates its centennial as a historic community in Arkansas.
Little Italy will celebrate its 100th year this December in 2015 as a historic community in Arkansas. We want to make the community official and preserve our heritage by becoming a town recognized by the state to mark the occasion. This is a grassroots effort 3 years in the making.
Little Italy Public Hearing on Incorporation Granted a
New hearing date is December 16th at 2:30 pm.
The Little Italy Incorporation Task Force requested a continuance for their public hearing before the Pulaski County Court to have additional time to gather more evidence and information in order to present an accurate and more detailed picture of an incorporated Little Italy. The petition for a continuance was granted by the Court until a date not earlier than September 21st. The new hearing date is Wednesday, December 16th at 2:30 p.m.
Little Italy Incorporation Task Force Offers Compromise Solutions to Central Arkansas Water (CAW)
Little Italy Clean Water Statement
"Little Italy historic preservation efforts have been in process for nearly 15 years with the publication of several essays and books to promote the area, well before the watershed zoning ordinance was proposed. The people of the area have kept the land natural, unspoiled, and undeveloped for 100 years, before it was a watershed, and they want to keep it for 100 more, well after it is a watershed. The voters' desire and driving force behind the incorporation is to keep the historic land we love natural and rural for the next 100 years and to live in peace and cooperation with our neighbors. As we mark our centennial anniversary in 2015, we look forward to honoring our ancestors' heritage by becoming Arkansas' next municipality."
- Statement by Kristy Eanes and Chris Dorer, Little Italy Incorporation Task Force Co-Chairs
Incorporation process has 2 Kickers:
The court shall not approve the incorporation of any municipality if any portion of the territory proposed to be embraced in the incorporated town shall lie within five (5) miles of an existing municipal corporation and within the area in which that existing municipal corporation is exercising its planning territorial jurisdiction, unless the governing body of the municipal corporation has affirmatively consented to the incorporation by written resolution. This has already been accomplished by receiving the resolutions from the cities of Bigelow and Fourche.
A petition must be signed by the greater of either two hundred (200) or a majority of the qualified voters residing within the described territory, to the county court of the proper county. Given the number of voters in the proposed boundary of Little Italy, 200 was required to sign. This has been accomplished.
Document updates as of 12/17/2015: