Cleveland County

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Cleveland County is named for Grover Cleveland, who was the President of the United States.


Created:   April 17, 1873

County Seat:

Toledo  1873 – 1891

Rison    1891 – present


County Courthouse – Rison


Location:  20 Magnolia Street /  Main Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Theodore M Sanders

Contractor:  Monk & Ritchie of Pine Bluff


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Rison. The northwest front has a small one story white colored portico with balcony on the second story. There are wings on the east and west sides. On the center of the roof is a square high clock tower with steep roof. 


Note:  The first county seat was Toledo and the first courthouse was built. The courthouse burned in 1889. The county seat was moved to Rison in 1891 and a two story frame second courthouse was built in 1892 at a cost of $8,000. A Clerk’s Office was built on the Courthouse Square in 1902 and was moved in later years to the fairgrounds. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1911 at a cost of $65,000.



N – Dallas County, Grant County and Jefferson County

E – Lincoln County and Drew County

S – Bradley County

W – Calhoun County and Dallas County





County Courthouse – Rison




























Photos taken 2011 and 2019