Laws & Policies
"For nearly 100 years, the mission of the National Park Service has been to protect and preserve the parks and to help all visitors enjoy them," National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis Said. "We will administer this law as we do all others - fairly and consistently." - In regards to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.
On September 13, 1961, an act authorizing the establishment of the Fort Smith National Historic Site in the State of Arkansas came into legislation... [for the purpose of] preservation ... the original Fort Smith established in 1817 on Belle Point at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers, together with such adjoining property as the Secretary [of the Interior] may deem necessary... (view Enabling Legislation)
Rules and Regulations
Note: Specific laws and policies cited in the following are current as of February 22, 2010; it is possible that the laws may change or be amended before being reflected on this page. It is the user's responsibility to be aware of new laws and amendments as they pertain to the Fort Smith National Historic Site prior to visitation.
Alcohol & Controlled Substances
Artifacts and Public Land
Firearms & Explosives
Did You Know?
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.