• 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?

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.