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Montgomery County

Montgomery County is named for Richard Montgomery, who was a United States general killed in the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Scott County and Yell County

E – Garland County and Hot Spring County

S – Clark County and Pike County

W – Howard County and Polk County

 

Created:  December 9, 1842                  Map of Arkansas highlighting Montgomery County

County Seat:        

Mount Ida  1842 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mount Ida

 

Location:  1 George Street / West Street

Built:  1923 – 1924

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Clyde A Ferrell of Little Rock

Contractor:  Western Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story brown colored native stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mount Ida and is constructed of random-patterned native stone. The south front has two stone pilasters with the entrance at the center of the first story with stone arch. The south gable has an oval window. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the former courtroom was located on the second story and had a ceiling made of pressed tin painted a white color. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the West 18th Judicial District and the County District Court of the 24th Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1975 and an additional one-story building was constructed as a courthouse annex. The architect was D M Lewis and Associates. In 1999 the old one story red colored brick firehouse on the northeast corner was remodeled to be used as a courtroom. The quorum court held its first meeting in the new ground-level courtroom on February 8, 1999 at 105 Highway 270 East / Mill Circle.

 

See:  The architect, Clyde A Ferrell of Little Rock also designed courthouses in Cleburne County and Stone County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Montgomery County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1842 and Mount Ida was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log building built in 1846. The second courthouse was a two story building built in 1873. The courthouse was dismantled and the third and present courthouse was constructed in 1923 to 1924 at a cost of $40,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Mount Ida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courts Building – Mount Ida

 

 

Photos taken 2011