Helena-West Helena is the county seat of and the biggest city within Phillips County, Arkansas US. The current city represents the consolidation, effective January 1, 2006 of two Arkansas cities - Helena and West Helena. Located on the western side of Crowley's Ridge, West Helena is a geographic anomaly of typically flat Arkansas Delta. Helena is sheltered between Mississippi River and Crowley's Ridge's eastern side. Helena Bridge, one of the four Arkansas' Mississippi River bridges, carries Route 49 across to Mississippi. Helena-West Helena had a combined population of around 15,000.
The city grew into thriving blues community in the 1940s-1950s. It continued in the 1970s to grow until closing of Mohawk Rubber Company, subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber Company. Helena-West Helena is home to Delta Cultural Center, Pillow-Thompson House (operated by Phillips Community College of University of Arkansas), King Biscuit Blues Festival held each October, and Confederate Army Generals Graveyard, holding the remains of 7 Confederate Army generals.
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