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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fort Smith National Historic Site




Something pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Don't forget to schedule your mammogram...

Early detection is crucial in saving your life...




Second I'd like to wish Jan of Jan & Tom's Place a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.. visit her birthday tea party... it is so cute... and wish her a Happy Birthday



Perhaps one of the most interesting places in Fort Smith is the Fort Smith National Historic Site, which includes the remains of the original 1817 fort on the Arkansas River. One of the highlights is the two-story barracks from the second fort, which in the early 1870's became the Federal Courthouse for the Western District of Arkansas. Inside is the restored courtroom of the famed "Hangin' Judge" Isaac C. Parker, and the dingy frontier jail aptly named "Hell on the Border." On the site grounds are Judge Parker's restored gallows, and the original Commissary building - a major military supply center in the 1850's.

See my little darlings sitting on the pillars outside the Barracks and the infamous courtroom


Of course you can't take kids with you and not go into the gift shop... & the Commissary building



An original cannon on the grounds... Memaw and the kids posing for there photo opportunity
And the very eerie gallows.... where they could hang 6 men at one time... eeeeeeeee


A little bit of HISTORY... Hated it in school... LOVE it now...

Holding court for the first time on May 10, 1875, eight men were found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Judge Parker held court six days a week, often up to ten hours each day and tried 91 defendants in his first eight weeks on the bench. In that first summer, eighteen persons came before him charged with murder and 15 were convicted. Eight of them were sentenced to die on the gallows on September 3, 1875. However, only six would be executed as one was killed trying to escape and a second had his sentence commuted to life in prison because of his youth.
In 21 years on the bench, Judge Parker tried 13,490 cases, 344 of which were capital crimes. 9,454 cases resulted in guilty pleas or convictions. Over the years, Judge Parker sentenced 160 men to death by hanging, though only 79 of them were actually hanged. The rest died in jail, appealed or were pardoned.

Until Later
Hugs And Kisses

15 comments:

Chris said...

The girls are getting so big. Give them a hug for us.

Hugs,
Chris

squawmama said...

I sure will... They do love you & Norm a ton... as a matter of fact they asked why you weren't here with us... they'll be at coming home in December for Denise's graduation from Nursing school so I'll bring them down to see you...

Hugs,
Donna

Mama said...

What an interesting place Donna Judge Parker was a busy man.

I never liked history at school either, but love it now. hugs, Kathy.

your grandaughters are adorable.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Thanks Donna...this was soooo sweet. I've added you to my TEA PARTY list...so expect at least a few new visitors!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Big Toe Mom said...

Thanks for visiting me...
i am impressed with your history. i like it too. you life sounds fun, its what my parents want to do.

Patricia said...

Alice , one of my favorite books and tea parties. This was a lovely, lovely post.

Melissa Wertz said...

Hi Donna! Lovely tea table!

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Hello, I came over to see your tea party. Love the yummy sweet cupcakes. I also love that you are showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness!!! I will be having a Giveaway..."Going Pink~Breast Cancer Awareness." I will be posting it on my blog this weekend. Stop by and leave a comment to get a chance at the goodies! hugs, Ellen

Bo said...

Hi Donna...You're grands are adorable! Come pick up your award from me when you get a chance, OK..
;-) Bo

Shirl said...

Hello, what a lovely tea party.
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Donna said...

Donna,

Beautiful Grand Children you have there!

The pics are wonderful!!!! Thanks for sharing!

xoxoxoxo
Donna

nikkicrumpet said...

Looks like the weather finally cooperated for you! My hubby is a big history buff...he would love this post.

Bridget said...

The girls look so cute in the bonnets!
That Fort wasn't a very happy place was it?
Thanks for taking me on a tour of a place I'm not likely to ever get to. This was very educational.

Justine said...

Ewww...... that's some gruesome history there, Donna! Next post will be cheerful right? LOL

Justine :o )

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Great pics, gruesome story, that Judge was a man of little mercy!!

Love the pics of the grands!!

Get your mamogram & check up today... Early detection saved my life....

breast_cancer_survivor

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