History & Culture

The history of the Fort Smith area abounds with tales of heroism, battles, and social justice. Walk where soldiers drilled, reflect along the Trail of Tears overlook, and stand where justice was served and carried out. There are many individuals who made history at Fort Smith, and their actions and attitudes can serve both as inspiration and lessons learned. The Fort Smith National Historic Site covers two frontier forts, the

 
First Fort
1817-1824
Major Stephen Long
People
Balthazar Kramer
People
Major William Bradford
People
Belle Point
Places
The Bad Tempered Buffalo Affair
Stories

 
 
 
 
Cultural Backgrounds
12,000 BCE - AD Present
Cultural Background Index
Paleoindian 12,000-10,000 BCE
Dalton 8,500-7,900 BCE
Archaic 8,000-500 BCE
Woodland 500 BCE - AD 1100
Mississippian AD 1100-AD 1541
Historic Occupation I
Historic Occupation II

 

Collections
Second Fort Smith
Postcards
Commissary Postcards
Quartermaster Storehouse
Postcards
Federal Court Era
Postcards
Poteau and Arkansas Rivers
Postcards
City of Fort Smith
Postcards
Welfare Era
Postcards



Last updated: April 10, 2015

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Mailing Address:

301 Parker Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Phone:

(479) 783-3961

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