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Pope County

Pope County is named for John Pope, who was a Governor of the Arkansas Territory.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Newton County and Searcy County 

E – Van Buren County and Conway County

S – Conway County and Yell County

W – Logan County and Johnson County


Created:  November 2, 1829                  Map of Arkansas highlighting Pope County

County Seat:        

Arkansas River site  1829 – 1830

Norristown                1830 – 1840

Dover                       1840 – 1888

Russellville               1888 – present


County Courthouse – Russellville


Location:  100 West Main Street / North Arkansas Avenue

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:   H Ray Burks

Contractor:  Gordon Walker and Russellville P H Company


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Russellville. The southwest front has a central entrance on the first story. Vertical concrete pilasters extend to the top of the fourth story. The east and west sections are lower in height. The roof is hipped. The superintendent was M Mortensen. The building was renovated in 1994. The architect was Saxton Smith Associates and the contractor was Van Horn Construction, Inc.


See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Franklin County and Johnson County.


Note:  In 1829 the court met at the home of John Balliner on the Arkansas River. No courthouse was built in Norristown. In 1840, the first courthouse was a log structure built in Dover. The court met in churches until the second courthouse was built in Dover. The county sear was moved to Russellville in 1888 and the third courthouse built. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1931.



County Courthouse – Russellville











Photos taken 2011