LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Ten properties in Arkansas have been listed on the country’s official list of historically significant properties.

The sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

The newly listed properties include a Cold War military base in Blytheville, a homestead near Salem, a poor-farm cemetery in Fort Smith and a monument to Union veterans of the Civil War in Benton County.

“While Confederate monuments erected in the years following the Civil War can be found scattered across Arkansas, including around 30 that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Union monuments are much scarcer,” according to the monument’s nomination.

Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Mississippi County is among four properties still under consideration. They could be listed on the register later this month, said Mark Christ, a spokesman for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Commission, the state review board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Christ said the program has a 98 percent success rate with its site nominations because the properties go through a “rigorous internal determination of eligibility” before being nominated.

“The 10 newly listed properties really highlight the diverse historic resources we have in Arkansas,” he said. “I think it’s pretty cool that we are listing a Strategic Air Command nuclear bomber base, a poor-farm cemetery and a midcentury modern-style residence all at the same time.”

The commission meets three times a year and usually considers up to 15 properties per meeting for nomination.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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