• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

For Teachers

Native Americans, Outlaws, Westward Expansion, or the Justice System - Fort Smith National Historic Site brings history to life. We are in the process of updating our education programs in alignment with the Common Core. The new programs will offer more opportunities for students to be actively involved in the learning process. Check out Parks as Classroom for information about planning filed trips and other resources and look to the park for meeting professional development needs.

 

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Did You Know?

foundation remains of first fort overlooking Arkansas River

The U.S. Army selected a spot overlooking the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers for the site of a fort. Soldiers from the Rifle Regiment arrived in 1817 and named the site Fort Smith after their commanding officer, Thomas A. Smith.