After having early starts in both Pocahontas and downtown Walnut Ridge, Williams Baptist College, a four-year liberal arts institution, now occupies part of the former 3,096-acre Walnut Ridge Army Flying School. The school initially used the barracks and buildings of a U.S. Army Air Force pilot training school, which was established here in 1942 as part of the nationwide expansion of pilot training for World War II. The college buildings are set in the V-shaped area between the runways. The two-story red brick, colonnaded administration building with its rotunda is a Postmodern version of the rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The runways remain the longest built in northeast Arkansas.
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Jerol Swaim Administration Building, Williams Baptist College
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