The Fort Smith National Historic Site will offer free programs on the anniversaries of executions in October. A park ranger will present a program at the gallows about the crime, arrest, trial, and execution involved in each case. Each program will be offered twice a day at 11:00am and 2:00pm. The park always hangs one to six nooses representing each man executed on these anniversaries and is generally the only time they are displayed.
In the 1800's, execution by hanging was the only method of corporate punishment used int he federal cour at Fort SMith. Often these executions brought in large groups of people who wanted to witness the occassion. Between 1873 and 1896, 86 people were executed at the gallows.
The Fort Smith National Historic Site is located in downtown Fort Smith at 301 Parker Avenue. To access the free parking lot from Garrisson Avenue, turn south on 4th Street and west on Garland Avenue. For more information on the park, please call at 479-783-3961.
Last updated: April 10, 2015