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French explorers described this heavily wooded area as sumac couvert, meaning “covered with sumac.” The Anglicized version became Smackover. The name would become famous in 1922 with the discovery of the Smackover oil field, one of the country's largest petroleum reservoirs. The town's population swelled from 90 to 25,000 in months. Though production declined in the 1930s, oil continues to be a mainstay of the local economy.

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