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Spirit of the American Doughboy Monument--Helena - Helena-West Helena, AR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 34° 31.752 W 090° 35.168
15S E 721546 N 3823481
Quick Description: "Spirit of the American Doughboy Monument--Helena" is one of Duquesny's famous creations, standing in the center of the intersection of Perry and Cherry Streets in downtown Helena-West Helena, AR.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 2:05:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMKMAR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 3

Long Description:
This is one of only two -- both in Arkansas -- of Duquesny's famous Doughboys to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While this statue is standing in the middle of the street, it is just feet away from the Phillips County Courthouse grounds. It lacks any kind of plate with Viquesney's copyright or signature, but is documented at Secondary Website 1. The Doughboy is just over six feet tall, and he looks south down historic Cherry Street. He walks through shattered tree stumps and barbed wire, his rifle in his left hand and his right hand held high above his head, clutching a hand grenade. On the base, which is about nine feet tall, is a dedication plaque also facing south that says:

Erected in Honor
of
The Men & Women
of
Phillips County

Who Served in the
World War

1917-1918

The Doughboy was dedicated July 10, 1927. Acquisition of the monument was sponsored by Phillips County Memorial Association, the 7-Generals Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the City of Helena. A part of the rifle barrel and the bayonet are missing, and the statue could benefit from some cleaning.
Street address:
Intersection of Cherry and Perry Streets
Helena-West Helena, AR USA
72342


County / Borough / Parish: Phillips

Year listed: 1997

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Social History

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Recreation And Culture

Current function: Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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