History of Osceola Historic Commission
The Historic Resources of Osceola, Arkansas was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Within this designation are fourteen individual buildings and a district comprised of six buildings on the south side of the 200 block of West Hale Avenue and the Mississippi County Courthouse.
The City of Osceola established the Osceola Historic District and its related commission in 1998. The Commission was created of the essence to ensure the preservation of historic buildings related to the city of Osceola, Arkansas.
The district was created upon the boundaries of the Hale Avenue Historic District as listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However in 2004, the National Register expanded the boundaries to include additional historic resources in downtown Osceola. The expansion received strong affirmative recommendations from both the Osceola Planning Commission and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
Background on the establishment and history of the Historic District Commission as an organization.
Properties on the National Register of Historic Places
The following buildings are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.
Listed in order of date added to the Register.
Mississippi County Courthouse, Hale and Poplar Avenues (December 13, 1987)
Bank of Osceola, 207 E Hale (August 6, 1987)
City Hall, 316 W Hale (August 6, 1987)
Florida Brothers Building, 319 W Hale (August 6, 1987)
Mississippi County Jail, 300 S Poplar (August 6, 1987)
Old Bell Telephone Building, 100 block of Ash St (August 6, 1987)
Osceola Times Building, 112 N Poplar (August 6, 1987)
Planters Bank Building, 200 E Hale St (August 6, 1987)
Hale Avenue Historic District, Roughly bounded by Hale Ave., Poplar St., Ford Ave., and Walnut St. (September 14, 1987)
Hale Avenue Historic District, Roughly 107-111 W. Hale Ave. and 101-109 N. Walnut St. (September 2, 2003)
Violet Cemetery, Area bounded by W. Johnson Ave., Semmes Ave., Pecan St. (October 6, 2004)
First Baptist Church, 513 S Pecan (September 14, 2005)
Hale Avenue Historic District, 100 and 200 blocks W. Hale Ave.; 100,200 blocks E. Hale Ave.; 100 block N. Poplar (August 1, 2008)