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Hot Spring County

 

Hot Spring County is named for the naturally occurring hot springs in the area.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Garland County and Saline County

E – Grant County

S – Dallas County and Clark County

W – Clark County and Montgomery County

 

Created:  November 2, 1829                  Map of Arkansas highlighting Hot Spring County

County Seat:        

Hot Springs  1829 – 1844

Rockport      1844 – 1878

Malvern        1878 – present

 

County Courthouse – Malvern

 

Location:  210 Locust Street / West 2nd Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Thompson, Sanders & Ginnochio

Contractor:  William Peterson

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Malvern and is constructed in an “H” shape with a recessed center section on the northeast. The projecting two story sections are lower than the central section. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. A small courtroom is also located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 7th Judicial District.  

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Hot Spring County Courthouse

 

See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Grant County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1829 and Hot Springs was selected as the county seat. In 1844, the county seat was moved to Rockport and the first courthouse was a frame structure built. The second courthouse was a brick structure bui.t in the 1860’s.  The courthouse was destroyed by fire on January 23, 1873. The court met in the lower level of the jail. In 1878, the county seat was moved to Malvern. The third courthouse was a brick Queen Anne style structure built in 1888 at a cost of $16,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1935 to 1936 at a cost of $150,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Malvern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court small courtroom

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2017