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Woodruff County Courthouse

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1900, Charles L. Thompson. 500 N. 3rd St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

The town of Augusta served as the county seat of Jackson County until 1862, when Woodruff County was carved from it and Augusta assumed the same role for Woodruff. The new county was named for William E. Woodruff, founder of the first newspaper in Arkansas. This courthouse was one of the earliest of the many courthouses Thompson and his associates designed in Arkansas. The two-story brick Romanesque Revival design with corner towers was a formula he used for other courthouses at the turn of the twentieth century, notably those for Clark (CL1) and Saline (SA1) counties. For this building, the clock tower is four stories in height, square in shape, and topped by a pyramidal spire. The courthouse sits on high ground near the White River several blocks from the business district.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Woodruff County Courthouse", [Augusta, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 243-243.

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