FSRA Partner: Altus

Known as the “Wine Capital of Arkansas,” the town of Altus is located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley. The region has more than 120 years of viticultural history, and draws thousands of visitors each year for winery tours, wine tastings, and festivals celebrating the area’s rich heritage.

Franklin County
Population: 850
Cost of Living Index: 76.4

Transportation
Interstate 40 (5 miles)
Arkansas River (2 miles)

Education
Ozark School District (Middle School Campus)

Utility Providers
OG&E (Oklahoma Gas & Electric)
Black Hill Energy
Altus Water Department
AT&T
CenturyLink
Verizon 

Major Employers
Ozark School District
Post Winery
SGL Carbon, LLC
Dollar General
Altus Handy Mart

Highlights
Proudly dubbed the “Wine Capital of Arkansas,” the city is known for its grape harvests and wine production. The city is home to several wineries and visitors frequent the town to sample the wines and enjoy festivities such as the annual “Altus Grape Festival.” Just north of town is the historic Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, also known as “Our Lady of Perpetual Help.” The Romanesque church building was built in 1902 and features its original Sistine Chapel-style paintings by a German artist, stained glass windows, bells, and a pipe organ from 1897. The beautiful structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town also gained national notoriety in 2003 when the Fox reality show, “The Simple Life,” starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie, filmed in town.

Altus Grape Festival
St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Links
Western Arkansas Mountain Frontier
Arkansas Municipal League