Navajo County Courthouse

THE NAVAJO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

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.


Navajo County Courthouse

Navajo County Courthouse

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