Tours of Jonesboro
This historic building served the county from its completion in 1888 to the opening of a new courthouse in 1997. The Paragould Chamber of Commerce is currently housed in the Historic Greene County Courthouse. The county is named for Nathaniel Greene, an American General in the Revolutionary War. The city of Paragould was named by combining the names of James W. Paramore, president of the Texas-St. Louis Railroad and Jay Gould, one of the wealthiest men in the 19th century who was also a railroad magnate.
Located within the Oaklawn Cemetery, is a five-foot monument that marks the grave of United States Senator Hattie Wyatt Caraway (1878-1950), who was the first woman to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate. She was also the first woman to chair a committee in the U.S. Senate and preside over the U.S. Senate. Hattie was married to Thaddeus Caraway, a local politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1913-1921 and in the U.S. Senate from 1921-1931. When he died in 1931, Hattie took over the seat and won reelection in 1932 and 1938. She lost in 1944 to William Fulbright. The gravesite was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
The Craighead County Courthouse, an Art Deco style building located in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was constructed in 1934-1935 with the aid of funds provided by the federal Public Works Administration (PWA). The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 11, 1998 for its association with local architectural history. The building continues to serve as the seat of county government.