Plat Maps Presented to County Officials

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Those on hand for the presentation of the historic plat maps included, from left: Deputy Circuit Clerk Joy Lambert, Judge Gary Howell, Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston, Treasurer Carolyn Morrisett, Deputy County Clerk Kaye Baker and Sheriff Gerald McClung.

Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston visited Clay County Wednesday, July 31 and made a special presentation to county officials. Thurston had made the trip to the region to distribute checks from last year's sale of delinquent tax lands, but also took the opportunity to present reproductions of the original plat maps of Piggott and Corning.

County officials on hand for the presentation included Judge Gary Howell, Sheriff Gerald McClung, Treasurer Carolyn Morrisett, Deputy Circuit Clerk Joy Haley and Deputy County Clerk Kaye Baker.

The original general land plat maps were drawn from field notes taken during the survey of the Louisiana Purchase, which began in the fall of 1815 and continued into the mid 1850's. Both maps also denote the current county seats and courthouses.

The Commissioner of State Lands office, which is located in the historic state capitol building, was renovated in late 2012 to preserve and showcase the historic land office records held in trust. Thurston noted he is proud to be able to present the plat maps to Clay County on behalf of his office for the citizens of the county. "It is my desire that our office continues to do its part in preserving the past, so that our children and grandchildren can learn about Arkansas' land history," he added.

Some of the other records housed in the archives include the second set of Louisiana Purchase notes and field transcripts, Spanish land grants, Military Bounty lands, New Madrid claims, the 1868 survey sent from Dr. James M. Lewis, seminary lands, State Bank lands, Land Use Commission deeds and typed field notes from a WPA project in the 1930's.

The Historic Division of the Commissioner of State Lands office is located in suite #109, on the first floor of the capitol building.

Those who are interested in learning more about the historic documents held by the land office may visit their website at

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