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State evaluates two historic Boone County structures
November 26, 2006
1912 Harrison High School building.From Times Sources

The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will review two Boone County properties when it considers 33 properties in 24 Arkansas counties for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places when it meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2006, in room 955 of the Tower Building at 323 Center Street in Little Rock.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Ken Grunewald said the two Boone County properties are the Harrison High School at Harrison and the Zinc Swinging Bridge at Zinc.

The Harrison High School building, located at Cherry and Central streets, is a three-story, red brick building constructed in 1912 and remodeled into its current Prairie/International style appearance in 1954.
"Harrison High School is the oldest surviving public school building in Harrison," the National Register nomination says. "Thousands of students attended this school during its 39 years as a high school and its 36 years as a junior high school. No longer used as a school, the building continues to serve the public interests of the community as home to the Boone County Heritage Museum, operated by the Boone County Historical & Railroad Society."
The Zinc Swinging Bridge is a suspension footbridge built in 1927 to span Sugar Orchard Creek near Washington Street in Zinc.
"The town of Zinc was very prosperous mining community from the late 1800s until approximately the early 1930s," according to the nomination. "The Zinc Swinging Bridge is one of the few remaining structures that survive from Zinc's heyday."
Other regional properties to be considered for National Register nomination are property at 1800 U.S. 65 North at Clinton in Van Buren County, and the Cotter Water Tower at Cotter in Baxter County.
The board will also consider the Bradley-Bowling House at Clinton in Van Buren County for listing on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Register recognizes historically significant properties that for various reasons do not meet the more stringent requirements of National Registry listing.
The AHPP is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state's cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.
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