Craighead County is named for Thomas Craighead, who was a State Senator who opposed the creation of the county.
Created: February 19, 1859
Jonesboro 1859 – 1883
Jonesboro 1883 – present ( Western District )
Lake City 1883 – present ( Eastern District )
* Craighead County has two county seats
County Courthouse – Craighead
Location: 511 South Main Street / West Washington Avenue
Built: 1934 – 1935
Style: Art Deco Revival
Architect: Elmer A Stuck
Contractor: Manhatan Construction Company of Muskogee, Oklahoma
Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a central entrance framed with stone. There is a one story southeast and northeast wing. There is stone trim along the roof line. Additions were added in 1992 and 1995.
Note: The previous courthouse was constructed by W C Clark in 1886.
County Courthouse – Lake City
Location: 107 Cobean Boulevard / State Highway 18
Built: 1950 – 1951
Description: The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick structure. The building was constructed as a bank. The county purchased the building in 1997. The building was a former bank.
Note: The previous courthouse was built in 1883 and an addition was built in 1934. The building was razed in 1999.
S – Poinsett County
Photos taken 2011