Fort Smith, Arkansas: Gallows of Hanging Judge Parker Team Field Report

Fort Smith National Historic Site

301 Parker Ave., Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith National Historic Site. Entrance to the parking lot is at the intersection of Garland Ave. and S. 3rd St.
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Gallows of Hanging Judge Parker
"Hanging Judge Parker" deserved his reputation. The gallows stand, ready to dispense justice should it ever come to that. Report... [04/06/2014]

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Head to the Veterans Cemetery to see the grave of Judge Parker.

Headstone of Hanging Judge Parker

The headstone of Judge Parker can be found in the Veterans Cemetery.

[Rose Howe, 11/15/2019]

Gallows of Hanging Judge Parker.

Gallows of Hanging Judge Parker

As it was 11.11.19 and a holiday we weren't able to access buildings or the visitors center, but the gallows gate was open and we snapped a few photos. Also, we stopped by the cemetery where Judge Parker is buried.

[Rose Howe, 11/14/2019]


Judge Parker's Courthouse, Jail, Gallows

It is the courthouse for the infamous Isaac C. Parker, also known as the hanging judge. In his 21 years as Judge he sentenced 160 people to death. You can visit the courthouse, jail, even the gallows. He was the law for all of Western Arkansas and for Oklahoma, which was not a state at the time. It's a great place to learn about the history of Indian territory, the 19th Century Law, and Fort Smith. Which is one of the oldest cities in the west. Judge Parker and his wife are also buried on site.

[Chrissy, 04/28/2009]

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