Greene County Arkansas

Paragould, Arkansas

Centennial Edition Section 4

4- Section 4, Centennial Edition                                                                                                                           Paragould Daily Press, Monday, August 29, 1983

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Lost Landmarks

Top Left Photo courtesy: Pat Diglia                                                                                                                                            Top Right Photo courtesy: Soil and Conservation Service
Lower Left Photo: Daily Press/Bruce Moore                                                                                                                             Lower Right Photo courtesy: Mary Keasler

 

1914 Post Office

Occupied in 1914, the post office above was replaced 50 years
later by the present building, below. A delegation including post-
master  J. Harry  McPherson and  editor J. R. Taylor secured a
$50,000  federal  appropriation  for  construction  of  the city's
first  modern  post  office at  Court and  Second streets. Work
started in 1912 and was completed in 1913 but the building was not occupied until January 1914. When the post office had out-grown the  building,  there were no  federal  funds  available for building post offices, only for remodeling them.So, in the guise of a remodeling project, the new, larger structure was built around the old one.  Some of the  old  walls  were torn  down once the new ones were in place, but others  were  retained and can still be seen in certain parts of the present building.
  Crowley Home

Efforts in the mid-1960s by the Greene County Historical Society to have the site of this home either  incorporated into the nearby  Crowley's Ridge State Park or disassembled and  reconstructed on  park property were  unsuccessful. At the time, it was considered the oldest home still standing in the county. The U.S. Department of Agriculture photog-rapher  who  took  this  picture  while he  was  documenting   erosion  problems  along Crowley's  Ridge said in his  field noted  that the house  was  built in 1825 by Lucy and Wiley  Crowley, the latter a son of the  original  Ben  Crowley. But the question of who actually built the house, and when, prompted a lively debate in the pages of the Greene County Historical  Quarterly during the time the society was trying to save it. The house was said to have been  made of  immense  hewn  logs  which  were later  covered with weatherboarding and the society hoped to have it restored as a pioneer home to serve as a museum and tourist attraction.


Vandervoort Hotel

During its heyday, the Vandervoort Hotel was the center of just about everything --civic meetings, school dances, coffee shop talk. The building was razed in 1961 to make way for  First  National  Bank, adding  the  Vandervoort -- named for its  manager -- to the city's  long  list of lost hotels.  Befitting its  role as a  railroad town,  Paragould  offered travelers a  variety of  accomodations,  among which, at various times, were the Coles Hotel,  Iron Mountain Hotel,  Commercial Hotel, Greene House, Walker House, Lodi Hotel, Stancil House, Harvey House and Paragould Hotel.

 

Holding on to What We've Got

 

Transcribed by: PR Massey

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