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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Obituaries

Isaac C. Parker died on November 17, 1896. His obituary in the local Fort Smith paper reveals how admired he was by the local community. Early in 1897, the national legal journal, The American Law Review, printed a lengthy obituary on the judge. It is a tribute to a man well respected by his peers.

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.