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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Courthouse/Jail Building c. 1890s

postcard showing jail wing on left and former courthouse building on right
U.S. Jail
 
 

Seen from the east side, this view of the jail wing and former barracks/courthouse building dates from the 1890s. By 1890, the top floor was added to the old courthouse and the full porches were removed. The new courthouse on Sixth Street was located a few blocks away from the federal jail, so prisoners had to be taken by wagon to the courtroom. In the right-hand corner of this postcard is the jail wagon. To the right of the wagon is the rear end of a cow.

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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.