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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

For Kids

Junior Ranger Program

Children ages 5-12 can become Junior Park Rangers at Fort Smith National Historic Site. They will have fun as they learn about soldiers, Native Americans, deputy marshals, outlaws, and Judge Parker. After completing 4 activities in a free booklet, they will be sworn in as Junior Rangers and receive an offical Fort Smith National Historic Site Junior Ranger badge. Inquire at the front desk for the activity booklet.

 
Fort Smith Junior Ranger Badge

Did You Know?

Interior of jail cell with box for prisoners to visit with their lawyers

The conditions at the federal jail at Fort Smith were so horrible that it received the nickname "Hell on the Border." Up to 50 men were crowded into one large cell with limited ventilation and poor sanitary conditions.