The Gallows

The Gallows (HM1433)

Location: Fort Smith, AR 72901 Sebastian County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.26', W 94° 25.807'

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With the largest criminal jurisdiction of any federal court at the time, the Western District of Arkansas handled an extraordinary number of murder and rape cases. When a jury found defendants guilty in these capital cases, federal law mandated the death penalty. In Fort Smith, that meant an execution by hanging on a "crude and unsightly" gallows.

A visitor to the city in 1893 recommended constructing a new gallows to evoke the "sacredness and majesty of the law." This was never achieved and a year after the last execution, the city of Fort Smith destroyed the gallows structure.

"I do not desire to hang you men. It is the law." Judge Isaac C. Parker
HM NumberHM1433
Placed ByFort Smith National Historic Site National Park Services, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 8:24pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 370113 N 3916974
Decimal Degrees35.38766667, -94.43011667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.26', W 94° 25.807'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 15.60" N, 94° 25' 48.42" W
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Area Code(s)501, 479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 122 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith AR 72901, US
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