The County Vault was built in 1889 at a cost of $4.935.70. At one time it housed the circuit clerk's office, county clerk's office, treasurer's office, and the sheriff's office. Part of the building, as you might guess, housed a large records vault. It was located across the street from the old county jail building. In the 1930's, the building housed Keith Ray Groceries, Hazel Mae Beauty Shoppe and Hopper Groceries. In the 1940's, Kennedy Bakery was located at 209 N. Main. In the late 1940's to 1954 the Ozark Sports Shop which was owned by Harry Pratt was in 213 N. Main. When Mr. Pratt was elected Benton County clerk in 1954, he closed the store.
At the time of this photo in the 50s, Williams Bakery occupied 209 N. Main St. Next to it (211 N Main St.) was Alex Dean's Shoe Shop. The other business was Morrison Agency MFA Insurance at 213 Main St.
The structure was torn down in 1960 to make room for a parking lot for the Midtown Center Mall. The new Walmart Neighborhood Market is currently located at this site.
Photos from the interior of the County Vault Building from April 1910. In both of these photos is Leander Norris who was county judge at that time.
Located on the old county vault building was a U. S. Geological Survey marker putting the elevation of Bentonville at 1302.0302 feet above sea level.