March 30, 2011 Edition

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Cemetery candidate for list

The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider 12 Arkansas properties - including Bethel Cemetery at Denton - for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

The properties will be discussed when the AHPP meets April 6 at Keo United Methodist Church. Bethel Cemetery, located on Lawrence County Road 225, contains 614 burials, the oldest dating to 1835.

"Bethel Cemetery is the final resting place for many early pioneering families who settled in the area east of Smithville, known as the Denton community," the National Register nomination states. "Interred in Bethel Cemetery are businessmen, including the founder of the former town of Denton; numerous servicemen, including many Civil War veterans and their spouses; clergy, teachers, farmers and ranchers, and many other members of the community, including the spouses, mothers, fathers, siblings, children and other descendants of these families."

For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program, write the AHPP at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at 501-324-9880, send e-mail to or visit

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