Highest Point and the Hanging Judge

This week we’ve taken two nice motorcycle rides South and West of our current home base in Ozark, Arkansas. The fall colors, in general, were not as fantastic as they had been on our trips to the North last week, but there were certainly a few trees here and there that were magically vibrant. Both rides required some bundling up due to the colder fall weather, but with the right gear, the sunny sky and crisp fall air made for perfect riding weather.
Our first ride was a loop down the southern part of the Pig Trail and across to the highest point in Arkansas, Mount Magazine.

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The state park had, by far, the prettiest fall colors and best twisty roads. The Petit Jean Overlook near the top provided a beautiful panorama of the valley we’d just crossed.

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On Thursday, we decided to check our Fort Smith on the border with Oklahoma. We took the scenic route along highway 64, instead of the rush of traffic on I40.

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Both of us expected a military installation similar to Fort Scott in Kansas and were surprised to find that Fort Smith’s major contribution was as the primary seat for law and order as the southwest was settled. It was the courthouse for the famous “hanging judge” Judge Parker. We got to see his courtroom and sit at his bench, toured both the jails where outlaws were kept and visited the gallows where many were hung. We had a great tour guide who provided a lot of additional detail on the history of the place and stories of the people who’d been there. The trip home brought us up the valley at the foot of Mount Magazine, again, and treated us to some beautiful trees outside the courthouse in Paris.

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The weather man tells us a “polar plunge” is heading this way, so we are heading back to Texas next week. We plan to visit friends and attend a wedding before celebrating the holidays with family.

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3 thoughts on “Highest Point and the Hanging Judge

  1. If you are around Springdale look up my family….Carol and Ric Conboy….my brother. I think you are probably going south but love the Arkanas pictures…it is a beautiful state.

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