Road Construction I-540
Traveling West on I-40? To avoid construction delays, do not take Exit 7 (I-540 S). Stay on I-40 west and take Exit 1 Dora. Stay on Hwy 64D for 6 miles and follow signs to Fort Smith. After crossing over the river, turn right on 4th ST & right on Garland. More »
DOJ Adopts Revisions to ADA Title II and III Regulations
Long awaited, the U.S. Department of Justice has adopted revisions to Title II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. The amended regulations were published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. These final rules will take effect March 15, 2011.
The Fort Smith National Historic Site takes great pride in its accessibility for disabled visitors. The Visitors' Center is fully wheelchair accessible, and also houses one wheelchair for visitor use if needed.
We also have an audio description "wand" for the visually impaired to use. This was developed through consultation with a visually impaired employee with the Harpers Ferry Center. The wands are located at the front desk and are available free of charge. Although designed to meet our accessibility mandates they can and are used by any of our visitors. The audio program provides a description of almost all of our exhibits within the visitor center as well as on the walking tour of the outside wayside exhibits.
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.