THE NAVAJO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG
The story of the Navajo County courthouse.
The old west at one
time was nothing more than open land without law and order. Settlers
came and began calling the area home long before the area had any
type of order. During this time, settlers created small old western
towns with all the necessities such as a saloon, general store, and
of course there homes. However, with all of this came outlaws and
trouble. On March 21, 1895, the area of Arizona known today as
Navajo County was formed. along with this Holbrook, Arizona became
the county seat. The county in the beginning was home to lumbermen,
farmers, railroaders, ranchers, trading with the Indians, and of
course a few bandits to contend with. Holbrook was not known for
being a quiet town with more gamblers and ladies of the evening than
good ole town folk. Holbrook, even though, it was the county seat
was fighting lawlessness. This is when Sheriff Commodore Perry Owens
was called to town. He became the first sheriff of Navajo County.
The one ghost that is most prominent is
the ghost of the first and only man ever put to death by hanging at
the courthouse. George Smiley was convicted of killing a railroad
foreman and was put to death on January 8, 1900 by hanging. For some
unknown reason, George is still here walking the halls of the old
courthouse. He also likes to leave doors open, moves objects from
their original place, and make strange noises.
Another ghost is that of a prisoner by
the name of Mary. No one has any record as why she was placed in
prison, but knows that she died forlornly looking out the window
wishing for her freedom.
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