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Lonoke County

Lonoke County is named for an oak tree that stood on the site of the current county seat and is derived from “lone” and “oak”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – White County

E – Prairie County 

S – Jefferson County

W – Pulaski County and Faulkner County

 

Created:  April 16, 1873                         Map of Arkansas highlighting Lonoke County

County Seat:        

Lonoke  1873 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lonoke

 

Location:  301 North Center Street / East 3rd Street

Built:  1926 – 1929

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  H Ray Burks of Little Rock

Contractor:  Herman and McCain

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Lonoke. The building has a raised basement with wide stairs ascending to the second story entrance. The west front has a recessed section with arched entrance on the first story, arched windows on the second story and six columns rising to the top of the second story. There is a small balcony above the entrance. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the south side of the third story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 23rd Judicial District. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and Lonoke was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1873. The building burned in 1881. The second courthouse was designed by Harding & Bailey and constructed by W S Sterrett & Company in 1885 at a cost of $15.000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1928 to 1929 at a cost of $200,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Lonoke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 1885 County Courthouse

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2017