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.
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.