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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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July 6, 1888 Execution

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Gus Bogles was executed by the federal court on July 6, 1888. He had been found guilty by a jury of murdering J.D. Morgan. On June 27, 1887, conducters removed Gus Bogles, J.D. Morgan, and three other men from a train near McAlester because they had not paid their fares. The next day Morgan's body was found, robbed and beaten to death. Officers arrested Bogles in Texas where he confessed to the crime. Although he recanted the confession during the trial, the jury still found him guilty.

Did You Know?

Entrance to Visitor Center on south end of building

Fort Smith National Historic Site completed a major renovation of their Visitor Center in the summer of 2000.