JONESBORO — It was built in 1955 alongside the railroad track in historic Jonesboro. It fell on hard times and stood empty as the owners put it up for sale. It was the site of three fires in recent months, one in an outbuilding and two in the main house. On June 20, a demolition crew reduced the vacant house at 203 N. Main St. to a pile of rubble.
The building, which is across the street from the new Slutty Vegan location and part of an assemblage that has been for sale for some time, had stood empty after serving as a second-hand shop.
The city of Jonesboro told the News that the demolition was properly permitted and that the house did not carry any designation as a historic structure. County tax records show the property was assessed at $127,000. Its owner is Joseph Craig Branan as trustee, who took over the property for his father, Jack Branan in 2016.
A peek at the home’s structure revealed a course of bricks, turned sideways so that their ends faced the street, under the floor and atop the brick foundation. The outline of a staircase led up to nowhere.
Atop the rubble lay an old vinyl LP record.