Following the Civil War, the U.S. Army constructed a dome-shaped cistern between the two officer's quarters. This underground storage tank is 22 feet deep and holds 55,000 gallons of water. The cistern, enlisted men’s barracks and the commissary are the only structures remaining from the second Fort period (1838-1871).
Three small cement stairs lead to the top of the mound of gray stones held together by tan mortar. The mound is surrounded by bright green grass on a sunny day.
Original second Fort Smith cistern.

NPS/Pat Schmidt


Last updated: May 12, 2020

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