- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A mule sale barn and a concrete road in Arkansas are among nine properties nominated for the National Register of Historic Places this year.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program said two houses, two churches, two downtown areas and a clubhouse are also on the nominations list.

Program director Frances McSwain said the program’s state review board nominated the properties at its Wednesday meeting.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1MkCv0d ) reports that the O.D. Gunn Trade and Sale Barn in Quitman is one of the more unusual properties nominated this year. Quitman Mayor Cyndi Kerr said the barn was built around 1910 and served as a sale barn primarily for mules until the 1940s.

“From what the locals have told me, it was almost like a gathering place,” Kerr said. “Everybody went there, whether they were going to buy horses or mules or not.”



The nomination expanded on the historic significance of the mule, saying that there a staple of the agricultural economy in the greater southern region, where there were more than 4.5 million of them by 1925.

Another unique nomination is the Walnut Ridge Army Airfield access road in College City. The nearly one-mile-long, two-lane concrete road contains the original concrete that it was made with in 1942 along with some patchwork that was done in later years, according to the nomination.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program spokesman Mark Christ said the agency should hear if the nominated properties were accepted for inclusion in the National Register in a couple of months.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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