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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Outlaw Bill Cook's Gun

revolver owned by outlaw Bill Cook
Revolver Owned by Outlaw Bill Cook
Collection of FOSM
 

Model 1880 Double Action Revolver
38 Caliber Five Shot
Hard rubber grips with sunflower and vine design
Manufacturer: Harrington & Richardson
Worcester, Mass. Pat'd January 1880.
FOSM ACC# 410

This gun was recovered by Dew Wisdom, an Indian agent in Indian Territory, after it was thrown down by outlaw Bill Cook during a running gun battle. Approximately 4,000 revolvers of this type were manufactured from 1880-1883.

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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.