Arkansas County

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Arkansas County is named for the State of Arkansas which is what the Quapaw Indians were called “Arkansea” which means “south wind” or “downstream people”.

 

Created:  December 31, 1813

County Seat:

Arkansas Post  1813 – 1855

DeWitt              1855 – present  ( Southern District )

Stuttgart           1928 – present ( Northern District )

* Arkansas County has two county seats

 

County Courthouse – Stuttgart

 

Location:  305 South College Street / East 3rd Street

Built:  1928 – 1929

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J B Barrett of Stuttgart

Contractor:  Barrett and Ogletree of Stuttgart

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has brick piasters dividing the dual windows with the central entrance on the first story. Above is a wide pediment below the roof line. A horizontal white band runs below the first story and the basement. On the north side is another wide pediment and central entrance. The roof line is flat.

 

County Courthouse – DeWitt

 

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Location:  101 Court Square / Main Street

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  H Ray Burks of Little Rock

Contractor:  E V Bird Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The west front has concrete piasters rising to a horizontal header running below the roof line. The central entrance is flanked with concrete facing with larg window above on the second and third stories. At the roof line above the entrance is a clock. On the east side are two low wings constructed to house waults. The architect was Colvin, Miller & Associates Inc. and the contractor was J C Carter.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by David Quertermeus in 1862. The previous courthouse was constructed by J F Swanson and A H Soakland in 1891.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Prairie County and Monroe County

E – Monroe County, Phillips County and Desha County

S – Desha County

W – Lincoln County and Jefferson County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2017