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Benton County

Benton County is named for Thomas Hart Benton, who was a Senator from the State of Missouri.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McDonald County, Missouri and Barry County, Missouri 

E – Carroll County and Madison County

S – Washington County

W – Adair County, Oklahoma and Delaware County, Oklahoma

 

Created:  September 30, 1836               Map of Arkansas highlighting Benton County

County Seat:

Bentonville  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bentonville

 

Location: 102 NE A Street / NE Second Street

Built:  1926 – 1928

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Albert Oscar Clark of Rogers

Contractor:  Messenger and Dalton of Pittsburg, Kansas

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bentonville. The west front has five arches on the first story with six columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story. Above is a wide header with projecting eave and parapet above. Inscribed on the header is “Sovereignty rests with the people”. The north and south wings extend from the main building. The roof line is flat.

 

County Judicial Center – Bentonville  

 

 

Location:  203 East Central Avenue / NE B Street

Built:  1999 – 2000

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hight-Jackson Associates

Contractor:  Nabholtz Construction Corporation

 

Description:  The building  faces south and is a three story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Bentonville and is attached to the east side of the courthouse. The south entrance has a large arch with recessed entrance on the first story. The section on the east side is two stories. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the West 19th Judicial District. In 2020 to 2021, the building was expanded on the east side with a two story addition with one courtroom. The contractor was DT Special Services of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The architect is Hight Jackson Associates and the contractor is Morrison-Shipley Engineers Inc.

 

County Courthouse Annex

 

Location:  201 NE Second Street / NE A Street

Built:  1934 – 1935

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  James A Whetmore

Contractor:  Manhattan Construction Company of Muskogee, Oklahoma

 

Description:  The building  faces south and is a two story cream colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Bentonville on the north side of the courthouse. The second story is recessed. The hipped roof has red colored titles. The building houses one courtroom. The building was originally constructed as a post office at a cost of $50,000. The building was purchased by the county in 1982. 

 

County Juvenile Justice Center – Bentonville

 

Location:  1301 SW Melissa Drive / 1st Street SW

Built:  2010 – 2012

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Johnson Troilett Architecture PA

Contractor:  Flintco of Springdale.

 

Description:  The building  faces east and is a one story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on lanscapred grounds to the southwest of the center of the center of Bentonville. The rectangular shaped building has a flat roof line.

 

See:  The 19th Judicial District includes Carroll County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1836 and Bentonville was selected as the county seat. The court met in the home of County Judge George P Wallace in April 1837, and a small log courthouse was built as the first courthouse on the north side of the Bentonville square in time to house the spring court session in 1838. The second courthouse was a brick structure built by John Walker and William Walker in 1841. The courthouse was burned in 1862 by Union troops. The third courthouse was a three story Italianate structure designed by Willian T Ritter and constructed by Neely & Kenton and S G Elliott in 1873. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1928. The County Judicial Center was constructed in 1999 to 2000. The County Juvenile Justice Center was constructed in 2010 to 2012. The courthouse was expanded in 2020 to 2021 at a cost of $3,100,000.

 

County Administration Building – Bentonville

 

 

Location:  215 East Central Avenue / NE B Street

Built:  1995 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hight Jackson-Associates

Contractor:  Naboltz Construction Corporation

 

Description:  The building faces west and  is a three story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Bentonville to the east of the courthouse. The center of the west front projects with four red colored brick pilasters rising to a section extending above the flat roof line. The first story has red colored brick and the upper stories have horizontal bands and white colored siding. 

 

 

County Courthouse – Bentonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Judicial Center – Bentonville

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Bentonville

 

 

Photos taken 2010