March 26, 2015
When I left the hotel at 12 PM, it was cloudy and windy. By the time we arrived at the Old Courthouse in Downtown Memphis after lunch, the weather could not get any better than it was. I was planning to go to the Great Arch right away, but I did some research to figure out where to get a ticket. The Great Arch was being renovated, so the tickets were sold at the Old Courthouse. Street parking was closer, so we parked on the next block from the the building. The fee was only a $1 per hour, which is even cheaper than Champaign.
A clear plastic model of the Old Courthouse was displayed in a hallway. The Great Arch is visible out the window.
This is the West Courtroom.
An information board was displayed in each courtroom, and the one at the West Courtroom explained:
“This courtroom served as the Court of Common Pleas from 1843 to 1865. It stands immediately above the room in which the Dred Scott case was heard in 1947 and 1850…”
After an hour of tour in the Courthouse, we bought a $10 ticket to go up the Great Arch. We were able to get two tickets for 4:15 PM tour. A couple of my friends were not able to get a ticket, because the tickets were sold out by 3:30 PM.
There were signs on the sidewalks guiding people to the Arch. It was only took us 10 minutes to get to the arch from the courthouse.
I am only posting a few pictures from the courthouse. There were way too many memories and stories inside the building, but I could not possibly capture every one of them. You can learn more historical facts by reading the information boards and watching a documentary they show in one of the courtrooms.