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Mississippi County

Mississippi County is named for the Mississippi River which borders the eastern side of the county, and which name is derived from the Algonquin Indian word “missi” meaning “great” and “seepee” meaning “water”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dunklin County, Missouri and  Pemiscot County, Missouri

E – Dyer County, Tennessee, Lauderdale County, Tennessee and Tipton County, Tennessee

S – Crittenden County

W – Poinsett County and Craighead County

 

Created:  November 1, 1833                  Map of Arkansas highlighting Mississippi County

County Seat:        

Chickasawba Bluff   1833

Osceola                   1833 – 1901

Osceola                   1901 – present  ( Osceola District )

Blytheville                1901 – present  ( Chickasawba District )

* Mississippi County has two county seats

 

County Courthouse – Blytheville

 

Location:  200 West Walnut Street / North 2nd Street

Built:  1919 – 1921

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Selligman and Ellesvard of Pine Bluff

Contractor:  Stewart-McGee Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a four story brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Blytheville. The first story is faced with stone. The upper stories have buff colored brick divided by vertical stone dividers. Above the first story entrance is a small wrought iron balcony. The fourth story is recessed and has a flat roof line.

 

Note:   An addition to the courthouse was completed in 2022.  The architect was Revival Architecture and the contractor was Construction Network, Inc.

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County Courthouse – Osceola

 

 

Location:  200 West Hale Avenue / Walnut Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  John Gaisford of Memphis, Tennessee

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Osceola. The south front has a large porch with four high columns supporting a wide header with raised parapet along the top. On the centre of the roof is a large copper dome. The building was restored in 1991. The architect was John K Warriner of Osceola and the contractor was Oldfield Restoration of Cabot.

 

See:  The 2nd Judicial District includes Clay County, Craighead CountyCrittenden CountyGreene County and Poinsett County.

 

County Courthouse – Blytheville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Osceola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2011