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Craighead County

Craighead County is named for Thomas Craighead, who was a State Senator who opposed the creation of the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lawrence County, Greene County and Dunklin County, Missouri

E – Mississippi County

S – Poinsett County

W – Jackson County and Lawrence County 


Created:   February 19, 1859                 Map of Arkansas highlighting Craighead County

County Seat:

Jonesboro  1859 – 1883

Jonesboro  1883 – present  ( Western District )

Lake City    1883 – present   ( Eastern District )

* Craighead County has two county seats


County Courthouse – Jonesboro


Location:  511 South Main Street / West Washington Avenue

Built:  1934 – 1935

Style:  Art Deco Revival

Architect:  Elmer A Stuck

Contractor:  Manhatan Construction Company of Muskogee, Oklahoma


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored  brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Jonesboro. The  east front has a central entrance framed with stone. There is a one story southeast and northeast wing. There is stone trim along the roof line. Additions were added in 1992 and 1995.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed by W C Clark in 1886.


County Courthouse – Lake City



Location:  107 Cobean Boulevard / State Highway 18

Built:  1950 – 1951

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick structure. The building was constructed as a bank. The county purchased the building in 1997. The building was a former bank.


 Note:  The previous courthouse was built in 1883 and an addition was built in 1934. The building was razed in 1999.


See:  The 2nd Judicial District includes Clay County, Crittenden CountyGreene CountyMississippi County and Poinsett County.



County Courthouse – Jonesboro















County Courthouse – Lake City







Picture 1883 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2011