Road Construction I-540
Traveling West on I-40? To avoid construction delays, do not take Exit 7 (I-540 S). Stay on I-40 west and take Exit 1 Dora. Stay on Hwy 64D for 6 miles and follow signs to Fort Smith. After crossing over the river, turn right on 4th ST & right on Garland. More »
Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides
This program can be either Ranger Instructed or Teacher Instructed
Discovering Fort Smith - Grades 5-12
Students working in groups using the exhibits students will research and present their finding about in the historic jails, Us Deputy Marshals, Judge Isaac C. Parker and his courtroom, and events that shaped in Fort Smith.
This program was developed using Common Core standards and has been tested and approved by students and teachers.
If you have a small class or you do not want the class to work in groups you have two options. Send the students on a Solo Expedition (grades 5 - 12) or use the talking points. Answers for Solo Expedition.
Background information packet for use with instructor led programs.
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Did You Know?
The conditions at the federal jail at Fort Smith were so horrible that it received the nickname "Hell on the Border." Up to 50 men were crowded into one large cell with limited ventilation and poor sanitary conditions.