Historical Marker Program Approves First Marker

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, April 26, 2018 2018 - Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Arkansas Historical Marker Program approved its first marker on Tuesday, April 3. The marker will commemorate the Woodruff County Courthouse in Cotton Plant, completed in 1902 and constructed to serve the southern district of the county.

The building, designed by noted Arkansas architect Charles L. Thompson, is no longer standing but was a stately two story, red brick structure with a clock tower built in the Romanesque style. The marker is sponsored by the Cotton Plant Historical Museum and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The Arkansas Historical Marker Program, established in 2017 by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is another way the department is fulfilling its mission to preserve and promote our state’s valuable cultural and historic resources. The markers commemorate the past by acknowledging the historically significant people, places and events that have shaped our state and confirm the importance of educating the public about these Arkansas treasures.

Even though national and state events are sure to be recognized in the marker program, local history is just as important and having communities come together in this endeavor is rewarding and beneficial for our state as a whole. The Historical Marker Program creates a visible and lasting tribute to our history, heritage and shared identity as Arkansans.

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