Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pangburn, Arkansas

Pangburn is in White County, which pretty much is – 93.52 percent white by 2000 census figures; 3.56 percent “Black or African-American;” and 1.88 percent “Hispanic or Latino of any race.”

In the same census, Pangburn’s population was 654 – 98.78 percent White; 0.15 percent “Black or African-American;” and 1.53 percent “Hispanic or Latino of any race.”

The 2010 census showed a decrease of 53 people.

(What is Federal difference between “Hispanic” and “Latino?” Here is an explanation, but it might not be official government policy:

(“Even though both terms are used interchangeably, there is a difference between Hispanic and Latino. Hispanic is a term that originally denoted a relationship to ancient Hispania (Iberian Peninsula). Now it relates to the contemporary nation of Spain, its history, and culture; a native of Spain residing in the United States is a Hispanic. Latino refers more exclusively to persons or communities of Latin American origin. While there is a significant overlap between the groups, Brazilians are a good example of Latinos who are not Hispanic. Both terms were meant to refer to ethnicity, not race; however, in the U.S., they are often used haphazardly to refer to race as well.”)

(At an Army National Guard formation in Dallas one Sunday, the company first sergeant lamented that soldiers were no longer just soldiers, but were considered White or Caucasian, Black of African-American, Hispanic or Latino. “I can’t say Mexican any more,” the first sergeant said. From the ranks, a voice said, “I prefer Latino, myself,” followed by, “Not me. I’m Hispanic.” Both soldiers were born in Dallas.)

A Titan II launch silo fire five miles southeast of Pangburn on Aug. 9, 1965, killed 53 men. “The fire was later determined to have been caused by the ignition of flammable hydraulic fluid inside a high-pressure line that was accidentally struck by a welding rod.”

Pangburn has Southern Girls Barbecue, a Pizza Plus, Willie’s Fish House, Country Kitchen and Pizza Palace. So Yelp says.

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