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Airfield Road listed on register

The Walnut Ridge Army Airfield Access Road at College City in Lawrence County is one of nine properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country's official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain has announced.

The Walnut Ridge Army Airfield Access Road, roughly bounded by U.S. Highway 67 and the junction of Fulbright Avenue and Stafford Lane, is a two-lane concrete highway constructed under the National Defense Highway Act of 1941.

"Between 1941 and 1945, the funding for projects associated with the National Defense Highway Act of 1941was used on 24 other defense-related projects," according to the National Register nomination. "Of those 24 defense-related projects, 11 of them only required gravel surfaces, seven required bituminous surfaces, four concrete surfaces, which includes the Walnut Ridge Army Airfield Access Road, and the remaining two projects and funding were used to construct bridges. Of those with hard surfaces, the Walnut Ridge Army Airfield Access Road contains the most integrity."

The O.D. Gunn Trade and Sale Barn at Quitman in Cleburne County, First Methodist Church Christian Education Building at Hot Springs in Garland County, 187 East Main Street in the Batesville Commercial Historic District at Batesville in Independence County, Gustave B. Kleinschmidt and William Heibach House in Little Rock and Sylvan Hills Country Club Clubhouse at Sherwood in Pulaski County, Oscar Chambers House at Fort Smith in Sebastian County and Little Springs Missionary Baptist Church at Poughkeepsie in Sharp County also were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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, (TDD 501-324-9811), email info@arkansaspreservation.org or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state's cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.

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