Booneville’s historic commercial core has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced last week.
The Booneville Commercial Historic District at Booneville in Logan County, featuring buildings dating to 1906. It was one of six properties to be nominated to the Registry in April and one of two — along with Mounds Cemetery near Columbus in Hempstead County, featuring burials dating from 1819 to 1955 — that achieved the designation.
"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. "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 1900 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 began 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.
The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.