City History

The history of the City of De Queen is entwined with the construction of the Kansas City Southern Railroad. The Kansas City Southern railroad connects Kansas City, Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico at Port Arthur, Texas. The KCS railroad was extended through a frontier settlement known as Hurrah City, that later became De Queen.

De Queen was named after Jan de Goeijen, a Dutch coffee merchant who helped finance the completion of the railroad. However, de Goeijen’s name was difficult for area residents to pronounce and the name was eventually changed to De Queen. The City of De Queen became the county seat of Sevier County in 1905 and has steadily grown into a prosperous community. A visit to De Queen will convince you the city offers a great quality of life, a progressive future and a colorful past that has been preserved.