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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour of the Grounds
Virtual Tour of the Visitors' Center

We are in the process of developing and implementing our Virtual Tour programs. Please have patience as we continue to upload information. For any questions, comments, or advice on what you think would make our Virtual Tour program better, contact the webteam.

For some people who may be interested in the history of Fort Smith National Historic Site but live too far away for a practical visit may find some semblance of "being there" by taking one or more of our virtual tours. The tours are broken up into two main sections - the Grounds and inside the Visitors' Center.

 
Aerial View of Fort Smith National Historic Site.
Aerial view of Fort Smith National Historic Site.
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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.