Polk County

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Polk County is named for James Knox Polk, who was the eleventh President of the United States of America.


Created:  November 30, 1844

County Seat:        

Dallas  1844 – 1898

Mena   1898 – present


County Courthouse – Mena


Location:  507 Church Avenue / Mena Street

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Haralson and Mott of Fort Smith

Contractor:  Works Progress Administration


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mena. The southeast front has a concrete framed entrance on the first story. Large vertical brick dividers separate the windows. On the second story, the windows are vertical. There are north and south wings. Above is a wide header. The roof line is flat. The building is a Work Progress Administration project. An addition was constructed on the northwest side,


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Polk County Courthouse


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Dallas in 1844 and burned. The second courthouse was built in 1869 and also burned in 1883. The county seat was moved to Mena in 1898. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Joseph Heldrick and constructed in 1898. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1939.



N – Scott County 

E – Montgomery County and  Howard County 

S – Howard County and Sevier County,

W – McCurtain County, Oklahoma and Le Flore County, Oklahoma




County Courthouse – Mena
















Photos taken 2010