Conway is located in the state of Arkansas and often thought of as a suburb of Little Rock being about 30 miles northwest of it. It is part of the most populated area in the central part of Arkansas, but Conway is its own city. The majority of its residents do not leave the city to work, so it does not function the way most suburbs do. The city has an interesting history in that it was gifted back to the railroad that gave the tract of land to its chief engineer.
Asa P. Robinson was a chief engineer at Little Rock Fort Smith Railroad. He deeded his compensation which was one square mile of land to a settlement. He sectioned off a site around the land and created a train depot named after the famous Conway family of Arkansas. The irony is that today there is no train service in or out of the city.
There are plenty of places to shop, enjoy sports and culture. The economic growth is mainly due to technology, healthcare, and education. The city is home to Hendrix College, Central Baptist College and the University of Central Arkansas. Graduates of this City of Colleges often go on to work in the area or they start up their own technology-based firms.
Lake Conway is the biggest man-made game and fish lake in the US. It is one of the most popular destinations for fishing. Every year, people enjoy the three-day long Toad Suck Daze Festival. It includes a carnival, live music, and races.
The two historic districts of the city, the Asa P. Robinson district and the Hendrix Addition District both have undergone major revitalizations. These are what make Conway a thriving city to dine in, shop in, work in and live in.