LITTLE ROCK — The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program nominated six Arkansas properties – including the Booneville Commercial Historic District at Booneville in Logan County – to the National Register of Historic Places when it met last Wednesday, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced Thursday.
The Booneville Commercial Historic District features buildings constructed between 1906 and 1950.
"Through the years as railroads, institutions, manufacturers, and businesses came and went, the Booneville community continued to look forward while maintaining a strong sense of its past," according to the National Register nomination. "Because of ample planning and design, Arkansas State Highway 10 did not require a loop around downtown as has happened with so many small towns.
"Booneville’s downtown commercial district remains an integral and everyday element for the citizens of Booneville as well as an accessible and cohesive display of early 1900s architecture for all visitors and those just passing by."
The Booneville Historic Preservation Society has led the effort seeking National Registry inclusion according to BHPS secretary Vanessa Wyrick. The effort has taken about two years she said.
The historic district is the second to be nominated in Booneville. Covering 900 acres and the largest in the country, the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium Historic District earned historic district designation in 2006.
Also listed on the National Registry are the Bank of Booneville building at 1 West Main — currently the Andrews Agency — (1978), Farmers and Merchants Bank/Masonic Lodge at 288 North Broadway (1993), the Logan County Courthouse, Southern Judicial District at the corner of Fourth and North Broadway (1997), and most recently, the Booneville Methodist Episcopal Church South in 2011.
Other properties nominated to the National Register are Dunbar Historic District at Little Rock in Pulaski County; Moose Addition Historic District at Morrilton in Conway County; Mounds Cemetery at Columbus in Hempstead County; President’s House and Rushton Clinic at Magnolia in Columbia County; and Adrian Fletcher House at Fayetteville in Washington County.
The board also listed the Walnut Grove Cemetery at Cord in Independence County and Bryan-Sadler House at Van Buren in Crawford County on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Register recognizes historically noteworthy places that are not eligible for recognition for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program, write the AHPP at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811], send e-mail to email@example.com or visit the AHPP’s Internet web site at www.arkansaspreservation.org.
The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency that identifies, evaluates, registers and preserves the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Delta Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.