While Midway, Arkansas, is not an incorporated
town, the community at the intersection of Arkansas Highway
178 and Arkansas Highway 5 is very important to the surrounding
Midway is the home of the Baxter
County Industrial Park and the Baxter County Regional Airport,
but there are large areas of land still devoted to farming.
A Bit of Midway History
The push for both the airport and the
industrial park was begun in 1964 as
"an act of faith by a group of
local businessmen who were convinced that the area needed
to take a bold step if it was to continue its advancement
in industry and other fields."
Baxter Bulletin, March 18, 1965
These men formed the non-profit Industrial
Development Corporation of the Ozarks which developed the
airport and industrial park facility, depending only on
their own funds and the financial input of the citizens
of the Twin Lakes area and no federal funding.
Midway is located in north central Arkansas about
12 miles south of the Arkansas-Missouri state line in the Ozark Mountains
on north-south Arkansas Highway 5. Nearest interstate highways are
Interstate 44 (135 miles north) and Interstate 40 (125 miles south).
A nearby north-south, highly-traveled route is U.S. Highway 65
from Des Moines, Iowa, to Natchez, Miss., through Little Rock, Ark.,
Branson and Springfield, Mo. U.S. Highway 65 is 35 miles west of Midway.