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Logan County

Logan County is named for James Logan, who was an early settler of western Arkansas.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Franklin County and Johnson County

E – Pope County and Yell County

S – Yell County and Scott County

W – Sebastian County and Franklin County

 

Created:  March 22, 1871                       Map of Arkansas highlighting Logan County

County Seat:        

Reveille                   1871 – 1874

Paris                       1874 – 1901

Paris                       1901 – present  ( Eastern District )

Booneville               1901 – present  ( Southern District )

* Logan County has two county seats

 

County Courthouse – Paris

 

Location:  25 West Walnut Street  / North Elm Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  A Klingensmith

Contractor:  Halter Brothers

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of Paris. The foundation is native stone. The south front and on each side is a large portico supported by four high white colored columns with pediment at the top. The recessed entrances have a small pediment above the wood framed door. The windows have stone headers. On the center of the roof is an octagonal white colored cupola with clock and steep gold colored roof at the top. In the interior, the foyer and central hall have small hexagon shaped tiles set in circular and star-shaped patterns. The courtroom takes up the north side of the building and is the sole side that does not have a columned portico. In an unusual arrangement, the witness chair is raised two feet above ground and is surrounded by a low rail that does not reach the chair’s height, making it the focus. It sits below and in front of the judge’s bench. The jury box is placed beneath arched windows and is rather small for a section that must seat a dozen people. There are chandeliers made of etched milk glass and ornate steel. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial District and the County District Court of the 12th Judicial District.  The building was renovated in 1950. The architect was Max Sutton and N M Hardwick .

 

See:  National Register of Historical Places – Logan County Courthouse (Paris)

 

History:  The county was created in 1871 as Sarber County and Reveille was selected as the county seat. A log jail was erected. In 1874, the county seat was moved to Paris and the first courthouse, a small log structure was erected on the courthouse square in 1875 and the second log jail was erected north of Paris. In 1875 the county name was changed to Logan County. The courthouse burned in 1877 and the second courthouse, a red colored brick Georgian structure was built in 1879 to 1880 on the courthouse square. A stone jail was built in 1886 by J P Grady on the north side of the courthouse. In 1901, Booneville became the second county seat. The fourth jail, a two story brick structure was built by Anthony Hall at a cost of $5,500 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1908 to 1909.

        

County Courthouse – Booneville

 

 

Location:  366 North Broadway / East 4th Street

Built:  1928 – 1929

Style:  lItalian Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Haralson and Nelson

Contractor:  J A Fraser and J K Fraser

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, stone  and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Booneville. The west front has a projecting center section with central entrance on the first story. The windows on the second story are arched. At the roof line is a clock. A horizontal band runs between the stories. A wide limestone cornice runs below the flat roof line with a limestone frieze on the west front and clock at the roof line. The interior has white colored terrazzo floors, wood-trimmed transoms, and an entrance vestibule. The second story courtroom has wooden benches for the spectators, a paneled jury’s box, a dark lacquer judge’s bench, white plaster walls, and oak chairs for the attorneys and jurors. Most striking feature are the milk-glass chandeliers with decorative brass railings and a gold-painted fleur-de-lis at each fixture.  The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial District. 

 

History:  The first courthouse was a red colored brick structure built in 1901. The courthouse was razed and the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1928 to 1929 at a cost of $90,000.

 

Note:  The highest point in Arkansas is Magazine Mountain at 2,823 feet ( 860 meters ) which is located in the county.

 

 

County Courthouse – Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Booneville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010