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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

1887 Winchester Shotgun

1887 Winchester Shotgun
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1887 Winchester Shotgun

The 1887 Winchester was the first successful repeating shotgun. John Browning suggested that a pump shotgun be made instead of a lever action but Winchester affirmed that they were a lever action company. However, in 1893 a pump shotgun was introduced because the 1887 could not hold up to the smokeless powder that was becoming available. The 1887 was produced until 1901 after being replaced by the 1897 pump shotgun. Deputy Marshal Henry Dickey states that he was carrying a lever action shotgun during Henry Starr's murder trial.

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Portrait of Anna Dawes

A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.