Skip to content
Home » US States » A-G » Arkansas » Arkansas County

Arkansas County

Arkansas County is named for the State of Arkansas which is what the Quapaw Indians were called “Arkansea” which means “south wind” or “downstream people”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Prairie County and Monroe County

E – Monroe CountyPhillips County and Desha County

S – Desha County

W – Lincoln County and Jefferson County

 

Created:  December 31, 1813                Map of Arkansas highlighting Arkansas County

County Seat:

Arkansas Post  1813 – 1855

DeWitt              1855 – present  ( Southern District )

Stuttgart           1928 – present ( Northern District )

* Arkansas County has two county seats

 

County Courthouse – Stuttgart

 

Location:  305 South College Street / East 3rd Street

Built:  1928 – 1929

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J B Barrett of Stuttgart

Contractor:  Barrett and Ogletree of Stuttgart

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Stuttgard. The building has a raised basement. The east front has brick piasters dividing the dual windows with the central entrance on the first story. Above is a wide pediment below the roof line. A horizontal white band runs below the first story and the basement. On the north side is another wide pediment and central entrance. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court – North Division of the 11th Judicial District.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Arkansas County Courthouse – North

 

County Courthouse – DeWitt

 

 

Location:  101 Court Square / Main Street

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  H Ray Burks of Little Rock

Contractor:  E V Bird Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of DeWitt. . The west front has concrete piasters rising to a horizontal header running below the roof line. The central entrance is flanked with concrete facing with large window above on the second and third stories. At the roof line above the entrance is a clock. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court – South Division of the 11th Judicial District. On the east side are two low wings constructed to house vaults. The architect was Colvin, Miller & Associates Inc. and the contractor was J C Carter.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Arkansas County Courthouse – South

 

Note:  Arkansas County was one of the five original administrative districts created in 1809 to 1819 being  Clark County, Hempstead County, Lawrence County and Pulaski County.

 

See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Jefferson County and Lincoln County.

 

History The county was created in 1813 and Arkansas Post was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to DeWitt in 1855. The first courthouse was built by David Quertermeus in 1862. The second courthouse was constructed by J F Swanson and A H Soakland in 1891. The third and present north courthouse was constructed in 1928 to 1929. The fourth and present south courthouse was constructed in 1931 to 1932.

 

 

County Courthouse – Stuttgard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – DeWitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2017