Desha County

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Desha County is named for Benjamin Desha, who was a soldier during the War of 1812.


Created:  December 12, 1838

County Seat:

Belleville          1839 – 1843

Napoleon         1843 – 1847

Watson            1847 – 1881

Arkansas City  1881 – present


County Courthouse – Arkansas City


Location:  604 Robert S Morse Avenue / Natchez Street

Built:  1900

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Rome Harding of Little Rock

Contractor:  W D Holtzman Company of Little Rock


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story white colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of  Arkansas City. The southeast front has a small porch at the central entrance with large arch and railed balcony on the second story. There are large arched windows on the second story. At the roof line is a large dormer with arched window. On the southwest corner is a high square clock tower with steep roof. On the northeast side is a recessed wing. The building was renovated in 2005. The architect was Twin Rivers Architecture and the contractor was Arka-Tex remodeling Inc.


County Courthouse Annex – Arkansas City




Location:  President Street / Robert S Morse Avenue

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Colonial Revival and Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Clyde A Ferrell

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the east of the courthouse in the center of Arkansas City. The southwest front has a large square central tower rising to a third story. The roof is hipped. The building served as the Arkansas City High School and was converted in 2003. The architect was Twin Rivers Architecture and the contractor was Southwest Building Concepts, Inc.



N – Lincoln County, Arkansas County and Phillips County

E – Bolivar County, Mississippi

S – Chicot County

W – Drew County and Lincoln County





County Courthouse – Arkansas City

























County Courthouse Annex – Arkansas City










Photos taken 2012