Arbyrd is a small town in Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. The population was 509 at the 2010 census. The town was officially incorporated in 1919. The name is a contraction of the founder's name, A. R. Byrd.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land.
Local legends and phenomena
According to local legend there is a ghostlight (or "spooklight") near Arbyrd. This "Light" is known variously as the "Arbyrd Light" or as the "Senath Light." The alleged location actually lies between three towns (Arbyrd, Senath and Hornersville) on an old gravel road near the community known as Hollywood.
The Missouri Bootheel was the home of two members of The Kentucky Headhunters, Doug and Ricky Phelps. They grew up in Cardwell and Arbyrd and obtained their education from the Southland C-9 school district. Doug and Ricky were both members of the Headhunters who then left to form their own band called - Brother Phelps.
Once Ricky decided to take his music into a more gospel arena, Doug rejoined the Kentucky Headhunters as the lead singer. Doug and Ricky came back (as Brother Phelps) to the Missouri Bootheel. They performed at the Cotton Pickin Festival in Arbyrd, a place where they spent lots of time while growing up.
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