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Smackover is a city in Union County, Arkansas, United States. According to the 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city stands at 1,929. The Census Bureau placed the 2010 population at 1,865.HistorySmackover was incorporated in 1922. The name Smackover comes from an anglicization of the French "Sumac Couvert" which translates to "covered in sumac". Smackover has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.In the 1920s there was a large scale oil industry in Smackover.Smackover Oil FieldThe Smackover Oil Field was discovered in 14 April 1922. The J.T. Murphy well drilled by Oil Operators Trust, reached the Upper Cretaceous Nacatoch sand at a depth of 2024 feet, part of the Norphlet dome. Within a year, almost a 1000 wells had produced 25 million barrels of oil. In Oct. 1922, a lighter oil was produced further west, from the Meakin sand at depths between 2230 and 2350 feet. Oil was discovered in the Blossom sand at a depth of 2610 feet in March 1923. The Graves sand was produced at a depth of 2501 feet in Jan. 1925. Oil was discovered in the Jurassic Smackover limestone at a depth of 4800 feet on 8 May 1936 by the Phillips Petroleum Co. Oil and gas were produced from the porous Reynolds oolite at a depth of 4897 feet.
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