• 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?

Parker seated at his bench in 6th Street courtroom

The only known image of Judge Parker in his courtroom is this one from the federal courthouse on Sixth Street which dates from the 1890s. There are no photographs of the courtroom located in the former military barracks.