Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Judge Issac Parker's Haunted Courthouse - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith was a rough & tumble place in the 1800's.  Outlaws ran ramped in this area and into the nearby Indian Territory.  Judge Issac C. Parker was nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant to serve as Judge over the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.  He became known as the "hanging judge". Parker sentenced 160 people to death, 79 of them were hanged, which set the scenario of this place being haunted by the souls of the dead and also by Judge Parker, according to local legend.

Although, I personally do not believe it is actually "haunted".  I believe it stands as a testament to Fort Smith's rich history.  I'll just leave the "ghosts" to local legend.

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