De Queen, Arkansas is the county seat of Sevier County and is located in the southwestern corner of the state. The city was originally named Hurrah City, but when a Dutch coffee merchant named Jan de Goeijen supported the financing of the Kansas City Southern Railroad through the area, the city was renamed in his honor. His name was so difficult to pronounce, though, that the city name was later changed to De Queen.
De Queen is known as the “Heart of the Tri-Lakes Country” because of its proximity to three engineered lakes, Lake De Queen, Dierks Lake and Gillham Lake. De Queen Lake is on the Rolling Fork River and is known for fishing and other recreational opportunities. Dierks Lake is a 1,360 acre lake created on the Saline River. It is a popular spot for all types of recreation including fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking. Gillham Lake is on the Cossatot River and is 1,370 acres that provides fishing, boating, swimming, camping and picnicking. The Cossatot River itself is also known for it excellent canoeing and kayaking as well as fly fishing. The river is considered extremely challenging for kayaking because of its rapids, in fact, they are considered the most difficult in the state. The Cossatot River is also the location of the Pond Creek Wildlife Refuge, south of De Queen. This refuge is a particularly fine habitat for wildlife and offers recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, hiking and also for environmental education.
De Queen is the home to Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas. Cossatot Community College offers degrees and certificates in over two dozen different fields of study. The college also offers four Associate degrees completely online, as well as over sixty online courses. Cossatot Community College also offers non-credit course in adult education.