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Siloam Springs isn't a part of the main corridor that makes up NWA but is part of the metro and the largest city not in the main corridor. It has a population approaching 15,000 and is a major gateway to Arkansas from Oklahoma. The highway 412 entry sees over 22,000 vehicles per day. The city is home to John Brown University- a non-denominational college and several industries including Allen Canning. Siloam Springs saw a growth spurt along with the rest of NWA and has added much new business on the east side of town.

The major economic force in Siloam Springs these days is the Cherokee Casino just across the Oklahoma border in West Siloam Springs. The casino employs over 700 with a payroll over $7 million per year. It had over 150,000 visitors last year and just recently completed an expansion that increased the complex to over 312,000 sq. ft. This includes a new 8 story, 140 room hotel. Ther has been some concern in town that the casino takes away from the religous image of Siloam Springs even though the casino is legal,a major employer, gives money to the town for services and sponsors a major festival in town. Here's a photo of the new complex.

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Yeah Siloam Springs does often get overlooked in NWA. It's pretty much the only city in the metro that's not on the Hwy71/I-540 corridor. I don't think Siloam Springs has seen the rapid growth other NWA communities saw in the 90's and early 00's. But it is growing. It could be reaching a point where it gains some impetus. If it wasn't for the Ozark Natl Forest, I'd almost wonder if eventually you'd see some sort of population development along the Hwy 412 corridor between it and Springdale. Anyway thanks for the info and reminder about Siloam. :thumbsup:

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Yeah Siloam Springs does often get overlooked in NWA. It's pretty much the only city in the metro that's not on the Hwy71/I-540 corridor. I don't think Siloam Springs has seen the rapid growth other NWA communities saw in the 90's and early 00's. But it is growing. It could be reaching a point where it gains some impetus. If it wasn't for the Ozark Natl Forest, I'd almost wonder if eventually you'd see some sort of population development along the Hwy 412 corridor between it and Springdale. Anyway thanks for the info and reminder about Siloam. :thumbsup:

Yeah, I drove through for the first time in a while and the east side of Siloam is seeing the Wal Mart efffect- whenever a new Supercenter is built other businesses spring up around it. Even now there is quite a bit of activity- new resturants, stores and a new bank. I imagine the casino/hotel will do the same for the west side.

These Indian casinos amaze me- who are all these people that fill the parking lots at these places and spend enough money to enable the building of these huge complexes? I don't understand the attraction myself but but I guess that's just me.........

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Yeah, I drove through for the first time in a while and the east side of Siloam is seeing the Wal Mart efffect- whenever a new Supercenter is built other businesses spring up around it. Even now there is quite a bit of activity- new restaurants, stores and a new bank. I imagine the casino/hotel will do the same for the west side.

These Indian casinos amaze me- who are all these people that fill the parking lots at these places and spend enough money to enable the building of these huge complexes? I don't understand the attraction myself but but I guess that's just me.........

Personally I'm not into gambling. But it bugs me to see states like Oklahoma and Mississippi putting all these casinos right on our border. Arkansas might as well have them so that our state reaps the benefits. But anyway, gambling is big business. There's obviously some money in NWA and if some of these people want to gamble then they'll make the trip.

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Siloam Springs seems to be growing rapidly.  I was out there this week and I noticed all the new construction.  Rib Crib and Panda Express are both going to start building soon near Walmart, according to the signs up.

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Interesting thing...Delaware and Adair Counties, despite a lot of speculation, aren't yet in the NWA official metro.  But it seems foolish not to believe that Delaware's West Siloam Springs (pop. 843) ISN'T in the metro, as it's clearly part of Siloam Springs.  I'd be willing to bet (no pun intended given the casino) that Colcord, OK (West SS kids go to Colcord schools) and Watts, OK (in Adair County not far below the line) are all but bedroom communities for SS as well.

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Interesting thing...Delaware and Adair Counties, despite a lot of speculation, aren't yet in the NWA official metro.  But it seems foolish not to believe that Delaware's West Siloam Springs (pop. 843) ISN'T in the metro, as it's clearly part of Siloam Springs.  I'd be willing to bet (no pun intended given the casino) that Colcord, OK (West SS kids go to Colcord schools) and Watts, OK (in Adair County not far below the line) are all but bedroom communities for SS as well.

 

I don't know that the NWA "official metro" would really gain anything if they were added.  Demographics in Benton and Washington counties vary greatly (on many levels) from that of extreme eastern Oklahoma.  Yes the raw population numbers may make the metro area look better, but I don't know they matter much from many businesses' perspectives.

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I'm glad to see Siloam growing the way it is. My gripe is that it takes forever to get through it when going to Tulsa. It rivals driving through Mena.

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I'm glad to see Siloam growing the way it is. My gripe is that it takes forever to get through it when going to Tulsa. It rivals driving through Mena.

Make no mistake, it needs a 4 lane divided bypass. The fact that there's still no continuous interstate quality road between here and Tulsa boggles the mind. I know we are starting on Springdale's bypass but damn.

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Make no mistake, it needs a 4 lane divided bypass. The fact that there's still no continuous interstate quality road between here and Tulsa boggles the mind. I know we are starting on Springdale's bypass but damn.

 

I believe the city of Siloam Springs asked for the bypass to be scratched in favor of the present set up.  It doesn't make a lot of sense.

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People simply didn't know that by 2015 there would be an 806,000 person metropolis (when Fort Smith is added in, which I'm still wondering why it isn't a la Little Rock/Pine Bluff) here.  And it shows.

 

Since moving out of state I've run into some people who grew up in Bentonville (they're now in their late 30s, 40s) who said to a person that they remembered shaking their heads in their younger years when forward-thinking people would say that the area was going to explode in growth some day...

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I believe the city of Siloam Springs asked for the bypass to be scratched in favor of the present set up.  It doesn't make a lot of sense.

 

And.... then they got raised concrete medians that prevent turning left into the businesses that pushed for that. You have to u turn at the lights and double back.

 

Another reason the growth is moving to the Walmart area and where the likely start of a bypass will eventually be.

 

The casino and hotel has done diddly squat for the area by it. The resort is nice in appearance but the rest is a dump. Reminds me of West Memphis.

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And.... then they got raised concrete medians that prevent turning left into the businesses that pushed for that. You have to u turn at the lights and double back.

 

Another reason the growth is moving to the Walmart area and where the likely start of a bypass will eventually be.

 

The casino and hotel has done diddly squat for the area by it. The resort is nice in appearance but the rest is a dump. Reminds me of West Memphis.

 

Works so often like that for casinos.

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I still don't see convergence of Ft Smith/Van Buren to F'ville anytime soon. NWA will expand more to North and West for foreseeable future.

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I saw a little news article about the ongoing improvements in downtown Siloam Springs.  I was over there recently.  Their little downtown area appears to really be taking off.  There are a few bars there now, to go along with the restaurants and shops.  The business community on 412 seems to be doing really well, too.  There were several "coming soon" signs out there and lots of construction going on.

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