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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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New Jail Wing c 1890

rare postcard of courthouse and jail building showing new courthouse on left and gallows on right
United States Jail, Gallows and Court House in the Distance
Fort Smith, Ark.

The Most Historical Court in the World.
(printed on card)

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This is a rare image of the courthouse building, taken shortly after the new jail wing was added in 1888. By 1890, a new courthouse had been built on 6th Street. In the distance on the left-hand side this building is visible. Soon after the court moved to the new facility, the old courthouse was remodeled. The porches were removed and a second story was added. Most images of the building after the jail wing was built show the renovated courthouse.

This postcard has other interesting details. The gallows is seen on the far right. In front of the building is the jail wagon which was used to transport prisoners from the jail to the new courthouse.

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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.