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  • Citizens Bank, Van Buren
    Citizens Bank, Van Buren
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  • King Opera House (right)
    King Opera House (right)
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  • Albert Pike Schoolhouse
    Albert Pike Schoolhouse
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    King Opera House (right)

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Originally built in the 1880s, this restored opera house looks bland on the outside, but carefully protects its oaken furnishings and wooden interior. Once playing host to such personalities as Jenny Lind (a 19th-century Swedish soprano) and William Jennings Bryan (famous orator who thankfully lost the presidency), the King Opera House can still be reserved for stage productions and business meetings. Otherwise check the website for its performance schedule.

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    Albert Pike Schoolhouse

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 4, 2003

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    Adjacent to the courthouse on the square is the Albert Pike School, a rude log cabin in which a former Van Buren resident taught classes to local children from 1832. The house was later brought to its present site, long after Albert Pike left for Little Rock to further his law practice and to watch the legal presses as editor of The Advocate.

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    Crawford County courthouse

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 4, 2003

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    Crawford County was once the largest in the state but has since fallen into a lackluster status. Nonetheless, a courthouse has stood on the square since 1842, conducting business in rural America like it is done everywhere else. Though not an extravagant building, the Crawford County Courthouse is a nice stop in this general tour, giving a few bulletins on the history of the square, the county and the townsfolk. The belltower and indeed the structure itself look somewhat downcast, but they might be excused on account of a former fire.

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