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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Grounds Stop III

 
Parking Lot Gazebo

Parking Lot Gazebo at Gateway D

NPS Photo

Gazebo at Parking Lot
N 35° 23.257’
W 94° 25.852

Fort Smith, founded in 1817 by the U.S. Army to contain a volatile Indian feud, later served as a major supply depot for western military posts, and finally as headquarters of the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. For over 80 years, the federal government used Fort Smith to establish and maintain law and order in the Indian Territory which is present day Oklahoma. Today, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves the remains of the two military posts and the federal court.
 
 
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Did You Know?

Lady Bird Johnson speaking at Fort Smith NHS dedication

Lady Bird Johnson came to Fort Smith National Historic Site to dedicate the park on October 27, 1964.