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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Stories

two women dressed in Civil War era dresses talk to a man dressed as a Confederate soldier

Civil War Living History Event

Fort Smith's history comes to life through stories of individuals and events.

First Fort Smith (1817 - 1824)

Trail of Tears

Second Fort Smith (1838 - 1871)

Federal Court Era (1872 - 1896)

National Park Service (1961 - present)

Did You Know?

Interior of jail cell with box for prisoners to visit with their lawyers

The conditions at the federal jail at Fort Smith were so horrible that it received the nickname "Hell on the Border." Up to 50 men were crowded into one large cell with limited ventilation and poor sanitary conditions.