PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The historic Yavapai County Courthouse is 100 years old, a milestone marked by a celebration, the unveiling of a 40-foot timeline and photos from the Old West era.

People could tour the building Saturday and see such out-of-date features as hat racks built into the courtroom’s original audience chairs, reported The Daily Courier (

Panels hung on the first floor near a historic photo of the building listed significant courthouse visitors and sculptures that were installed.

The timeline referenced infamous inmates like James Fleming Parker, who was executed by hanging in 1898 after robbing a train, escaping from Prescott’s jail and killing an attorney.

Permanent displays house artifacts as old as the original courthouse, including stenography machines, handcuffs and campaign buttons. The floor of a case holding the 40-pound county seal had to be reinforced.

Court Administrator Rolf Eckel is a fourth-generation Prescott resident whose grandfather was responsible for designing and installing outside restrooms on the ground floor. “We love this old building,” Eckel said.

Yavapai County Supervisor Rowle Simmons said the county took $20,000 out of the Courthouse Capital fund for the centennial celebration.

Information from: The Daily Courier,