486. Booneville/Paris, Logan County (AR38)

Booneville turned out to be another wonder of the WPA. What is they knew about making courthouses? Is it just that as they’ve gotten older their look has become more classic to us? Or what there an intentional choice that to do something that we just don’t get any longer? It was built in 1928 or 1929, so it’s possible it might not be WPA, just the style that they used most commonly at the time. As for Paris, I nod approvingly on this courthouse. I’m pretty sure it’s Palladian architecture, though I’m not 100% sure. One day I’ll read Architecture for Dummies, but that day is not today. It seems like in later times courthouses have been built less with art in mind and more with utilitarianism. I know that’s not always true, but most of the time it seems to be. It’s not like something as important as a courthouse will be built to be avant-garde or anything, but something aesthetically conservative is far preferable to the almost brutalist courthouse designs of the last 20-30 years. Then, of course, I could be rambling and it’s certainly less informed since, as I pointed out earlier, I’m hardly even versed in anything having to do with architecture. Caveat lector.

The cache was new and exciting, absolutely nothing like I saw just a couple of hours ago! A nano at a stop sign in a residential neighborhood in Booneville, it was grabbed, signed, and returned quickly enough.

Fun fact: pretty much every city in the United States named Paris has some kind of Eiffel Tower replica. Of course, Texas’ Paris has the tallest because of course we do. Well, I have seen Arkansas’ entry into the replica game. Cute, but I am not impressed. Once you’ve seen Lamar County‘s, you can never go back again. I didn’t want to anyway. Soon enough, I needed to be in…

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