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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Traffic & Travel Tips

Parking Tips:

Fort Smith National Historic Site's parking lot is located at 4th Street and Garland Avenue. From Rogers Avenue in downtown Fort Smith, go south on 4th Street two blocks to Garland Avenue and turn right. Garland Avenue takes you directly into the parking lot. The Fort Smith National Historic Site's parking lot is equipped for large motor homes and buses.

There is also limited parking available along Third Street at Parker Avenue. From Rogers Avenue, turn south on 4th Street and go one block to Parker Avenue, turn right. Parker Avenue dead-ends at Third Street where there are some parking spaces.

 
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Did You Know?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.