The picture above is the fourth Logan County Jail. This building is a duplex, with one side housing the jail keeper and his family and the other side housing prisoners. The building was built in 1903 in the Italianate style. Many jailers and their families lived in this jail and many prisoners passed through the solid steel door. One of the prisoners, Arthur Tillman, put this jail in national limelight on July 15, 1914. He was the last legal hanging in the state of Arkansas on the gallows beside the jail. In August, 1971, after sixty-seven long years of service, the jail was judged unsafe to house prisoners, due to new fire codes. The last County Jail was not to loose its place in history thanks to a committee of members made up from Logan County Extension Homemakers' Clubs who obtained approval from County Judge Jim Ward in the fall of 1972 to convert the jail into the Logan County Museum. During the next few months the Logan County Museum Association was formed. Operation and preservation of the building and of its contents is still under the direction of this Association. Membership is welcomed and open to all people with an interest in preserving the unique history of the jail and of Logan County Arkansas.
Our Mission Statement:
The Logan County Museum is an educational organization which encourages others to preserver and protect the history of Logan County, Arkansas, by operating a museum that collects, preserves and explains artifacts, documents and books, and by conducting programs that raise the awareness of the importance of Logan County's Heritage.