Lawrence County

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Lawrence

Lawrence County is named for James Lawrence, who was an American naval officer during the War of 1812.

 

Created:  January 15, 1815

County Seat:        

Lawrence         1815 – 1829

Jackson            1829 – 1837

Smithville          1837 – 1868

Clover Bend      1868 – 1869

Powhatan          1869 – 1963  ( Western District )

Walnut Ridge    1887 – 1963  ( Eastern District )

Walnut Ridge    1963 – present

 

County Courthouse – Walnut Ridge

 

Location:  315 West Main Street / SW 3rd Street

Built:  1964 – 1965

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Noland Blass of Erhart, Eichenbaum, Rauch and Blass

Contractor:  McDaniel Brothers Construction Company of Jonesboro

 

Description:  The building  faces northeast and is a one story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building faces northeast and was completed in 1965. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The center section rises above the east and west wings and has a high central entrance with over hanging roof. The windows are vertical with white colored panels above and below. The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Charles Thompson and constructed by Stewart Brothers in 1901. The building was razed when the present courthouse was constructed.

 

Old County Courthouse – Powhatan

 

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Location:  Highway 25

Built:  1888

Style:  Late Victorian

Architect:   D A McKinnon of Paducah, Kentucky

Contractor:   Boon & McGinnis of Little Rock

 

Description:  The buildingfaces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located at the top of a hill on the spacious grounds of the Powhatan Historic State Park. The east front has a projecting center section with arched entrance on the first story and three narrow windows on the second story and rising to a square white colored cupola with steep roof. The base of the building has course buff colored stone. Above the eaves are small dormers and a mansard roof. The building was restored in 1973. The architect was Little, Maddox & Standefer Architects Inc. of Jonesboro and the contractor was Damron Construction Company of Jonesboro.

 

Note: The first courthouse was built in 1873 as the western district courthouse. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $12,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Sharp County, Randolph County and Greene County 

E – Greene County and Craighead County

S – Craighead County, Jackson County and Independence County

W – Sharp County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2011