• 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?

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.