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Pike County

Pike County is named for Zebulon Pike, who was the discoverer of Pikes Peak, and who lived from 1779 to 1813.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Montgomery County

E – Clark County

S – Nevada County and Hempstead County

W – Howard County

 

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

County Seat:        

Zebulon           1833 – 1836

Murfreesboro  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Murfreesboro

 

Location:  1 Courthouse Square / Main Street

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Witt, Seibert & Halsey of Texarkana

Contractor:  May and Sharp

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Murfreesboro and is constructed in a cross plan with wings that project at four angles. The north front has a central entrance framed with limestone on the first story. The first and second stories are separated by a limestone band. At the roof line is a limestone parapet with a large diamond etched at the center. The building has an east and west wings. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the West 9th Judicial District and the County District Court of the 36th Judicial District.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pike County Courthouse

 

See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Clark County, Howard County, Little River Country and Sevier County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1833 and Zebulon was selected as the county seat. The county seat name was changed to Murfressboro in 1836. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1836 and was destroyed by fire in 1855. The second courthouse was a two story wood frame structure built by Moses Brock and Jackson Brock in 1856 and was destroyed by fire in 1895. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1897. The building was razed for the construction of the fourth and present courthouse in 1931 to 1932 at a cost of $46,500.

 

 

County Courthouse – Murfreesboro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010