On this date, 22 years ago, folks were going about their business with the coming New Years Day celebration the main topic of conversation and thoughts.
A day or two off work, parties and dances, football games and Watch Night services were running thorough the minds of many people.
Suddenly the peace and quiet of the morning was interrupted with a smoke detector going off; smoke filling offices and flames spreading quickly in the interior of the “Old Courthouse” on Main Street in Pulaski
The 94-year-old structure was built and paid for by town residents at a cost of $25,000 on a site donated by Pulaski Land & Improvement Co.
It stood as the guiding light of Pulaski County government until that fateful day in December 1989. Not only were county offices there with courts held as scheduled, but many civic and community activities were centered in and around the courthouse and on the courthouse lawn.
Political rallies, court cases, Santa’s annual visit, religious services and preachers, including Aimee Simple McPherson, and others spread the Word there.
The Courthouse was the focus of crowds who gathered in the streets and around the square to celebrate the end of World War II.
Today, this facility houses the county Treasurer’s office, Commissioner of the Revenue, Registrar, computer facilities and several displays of historical significance.
The “museum” aspect of the courthouse provides free access to learn of the early days of the county, from Indian times, geological findings, photos of early county sites and some early citizens who made impacts on the lives of residents.
When you have time on your hand, stop by the “Old Courthouse” and step back in history.
It is most interesting and most interesting is it is free.