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Benton in Saline County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Gann Building

 
 
The Gann Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
1. The Gann Building Marker
Inscription. Built in 1893, the office of Dr. Dewell Gann, Sr. is the only known bauxite building in existence. The building was constructed by patients who could not afford to pay for services he had rendered them. The soft stone was dug from a farm nearby, sawn into blocks with a handsaw and allowed to harden for six weeks. The building served as the Gann Medical Office until 1946 when it was given by Dr. Dewell Gann, Jr. to the City of Benton to be used as a library and later a museum.
 
Erected 1976 by Benton-Saline County Bicentennial Committee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Spirit of 76, America's Bicentennial Celebration marker series.
 
Location. 34° 33.702′ N, 92° 35.287′ W. Marker is in Benton, Arkansas, in Saline County. Marker is on S. Market Street north of W. Smith Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 S. Main St, Benton AR 72015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Southwest Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quapaws, Choctaws, and Chickasaws Passed Here (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saline County Records
The Gann Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
2. The Gann Building
Only known building made of bauxite
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Saline County Revolutionary War Soldiers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saline County's Everlasting Tribute (approx. mile away); Saline County in the Civil War (approx. mile away); The Benton Courier (approx. 0.3 miles away); De Soto Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benton.
 
Also see . . .  Gann Museum of Saline County. From The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. (Submitted on August 8, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
View to North Along S. Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
3. View to North Along S. Main Street
Marker is on right (east) side of street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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