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Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA - Central M. E. Church South, and Parsonage, Fort Smith, Ark.
Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA
Central M. E. Church South, and Parsonage, Fort Smith, Ark.
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Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA - Free Bridge, Fort Smith, Ark.
Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA
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Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA - Garrison Avenue from 9th Street Looking West, Fort Smith, Ark. (1941)
Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA
Garrison Avenue from 9th Street Looking West, Fort Smith, Ark. (1941)
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News 1860 - DISASTROUS CONFLAGRATION AT FORT SMITH. LOSS ESTIMATED AT $200,000.
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 losses were sustained on merchandise, furniture, &c.:

SUTTON & SPRING, dealers in dry goods, groceries, &c.; loss $35,000; no insurance.
WALTER & BOURNE, dry goods, $15,000; insured, $10,000.
A. HAMILT... 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 broke away from the rope, and was shot down while in the act of escaping. He escaped from jail, last night, and to facilitate his flight, stole another horse but was retaken this morning at Van Buren a... Read MORE...

1863 - September 1 - Federal troops reconquer Fort Smith Arkansas
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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 precipitation during that time being 2.32 inches. The hail was larger in size and quantity, and more severe in its effects, than any known to have fallen here since the establishment of the Signal Service St... 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.

Other Sections of Arkanas Feel the Effects of the Blow - The Long List of Identified Dead.

Fort Smith, Ark., Jan. 12. - Two score of human lives and upward of $1,000,000 worth of property were destroyed by a terrible tornad... Read MORE...

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 places in the yard.
Chillicothe Constitution
Chillicothe, Missouri
May 17, 1909



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