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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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panoramic photo of deputy marshals lined up in front of courthouse
Reunion of Fort Smith U.S. Deputy Marshals -- Fort Smith, Arkansas
Courtesy of US Deputy Marshal James Elbert Emmert Family (Emmert is third from right)


In the early 1900s former U.S. Deputy Marshals met in Fort Smith for a reunion. This panoramic photograph of the reunion was taken in front of the historic courthouse and jail buildings.

Panoramic photographs of large groups of people were common to the era. The photographer arranged the people in a semi-circle and then used a special panoramic camera that panned the scene.

In an interactive version of this photograph, you can get a better sense of where these deputies were standing and can zoom in on individuals and other details. This program was created for Fort Smith NHS by Bill Isenberger.

To view this version in a new window, click here. (It may take a little while to load.)

To pan on the image below, click on the image and hold down the left mouse button and drag. Use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out.

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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.