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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Lead Dog Toy

Lead Toy Dog
Lead Toy Dog
FOSM Photograph
 

"The dog days of summer." This is a hollow bodied lead dog made from a two piece mold. It has a white painted body, a green collar, black ears, eyes and nose, and a red mouth. It is posed as if looking up while walking. This type of toy was common during the late 19th century. One leg is partially broken. It was excavated in the Belle Point area of Fort Smith National Historic Site.

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Did You Know?

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.