Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA - Central M. E. Church South, and Parsonage, Fort Smith, Ark.
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

Central M. E. Church South, and Parsonage, Fort Smith, Ark.

Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA - Free Bridge, Fort Smith, Ark.
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

Free Bridge, Fort Smith, Ark.

Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA - Garrison Avenue from 9th Street Looking West, Fort Smith, Ark. (1941)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

Garrison Avenue from 9th Street Looking West, Fort Smith, Ark. (1941)

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Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
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Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA

In November 1817, the first American troops arrived at Belle Point and began building the first structures. The principal purpose of the fort was to keep the peace between the Osage and Cherokee tribes that had entered the area, as was the Fort Smith Council, a meeting held between Indian and territorial leaders in 1822. Around the fort, a small settlement began forming, taking its name from the fort that, in turn, was named for General Thomas A. Smith, the military district’s commander.

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1817 - Fort Smith, Arkansas founded
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Fort Smith, Ark., Thursday, Sept. 20.
This morning, at about 4 o'clock, a fire broke out in this place, which resulted in the destruction of the City Hotel and the GARRISON block of buildings.

The value of the buildings which were destroyed was about $100,000, and the following additional...Read MORE...

News  1860 - Hanging of Horse Thieves in Arkansas.
FORT SMITH, Ark., Oct. 4.
This afternoon a man named Martin H. Gilliam, alias Wm. Owen, formerly of Johnstown, Bates county, Missouri, was hung for horse stealing in the presence of a large concourse of citizens. - He was arrested some weeks since, and an effort made to hang him, during which he...Read MORE...

1863 - September 1 - Federal troops reconquer Fort Smith Arkansas
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1800s Late -Judge Isaac Parker often called the "Hanging Judge,” from Fort Smith, Arkansas ruled over the lawless land of Indian Territory in the late 1800s. Over almost two decades, nearly 80 men were hanged at Fort Smith. resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html
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1888 - Hail and Wind Storm
Fort Smith, Arkansas: a destructive hail and wind storm visited this place on the 25th. Four small houses were demolished, and forty buildings were damaged, principally by hail. The lowest estimate of the value of the property destroyed is $25,000. This storm lasted from 8:30 to 10 p.m., the...Read MORE...

News  1898 - TORNADO AT FORT SMITH. About Forty People Were Killed and Scores Injured.
The Wind Swept Through the City, Clearing a Wide Path,

Crushing Dwellings, Churches and Big Business Blocks,

Burying the Inmates Under Piles of Brick and Timbers.

Fire Broke Out and Consumed Many of the Victims,

Who Had Been Imprisoned by the Falling Debris.

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News  1909 - FIREBUGS START A $300,000 FIRE AT FT. SMITH
Ft. Smith, Ark., May 17. - Fire here today destroyed the Ft. Smith Compress and it's contents of five thousand bales of cotton. The loss is estimated at $300,000, covered by insurance. It is believed that the fire was incendiary origin as the flames broke out simultaneously in a dozen different...Read MORE...

Fort Smith, a banking city, capital of Sebastian co., Ark., at the confluence of the Arkansas and Coteau rivers, 165 miles WNW. of Little Rook, on the St. Louis and San Francisco and other railroads. It has cotton- and cotton- seed oil industries and manufactures of bricks, furniture, ice, leather, ...Read MORE...

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World War II Soldier America/USA  Earl James McGuire (7 September 1923, Chester, Illinois, USA - 23 March 2011, Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA) gravestone

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