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Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

The site that would later become Fort Smith became part of the United States in the Louisiana Purchase (1803). Soon after, the Pike Expedition (1806) explored the Arkansas River. Fort Smith was founded in 1817 as a military post. A stockade was built and occupied, from 1817 until 1822, by a small troop of regulars commanded by Major William Bradford. Around the fort a small settlement began forming, but the Army abandoned the first Fort Smith in 1824 and moved 80 miles further west to Fort Gibson. Army sutler and land speculator John Rogers (who some genealogists claim to be an ancestor to 20th-century Oklahoma comedian Will Rogers) bought up former government-owned lands and promoted growth of the new civilian town of Fort Smith, eventually influencing the federal government to re-establish a military presence at Fort Smith during the era of Indian Removal and the Mexican War.

Fort Smith's name comes from General Thomas Adams Smith (1781–1844), who commanded the United States Army Rifle Regiment in 1817, headquartered near St. Louis. General Smith had ordered Army topographical engineer Stephen H. Long (1784–1864) to find a suitable site on the Arkansas River for a fort. General Smith never visited the town or forts that bore his name.

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  • 1817 - Fort Smith, Arkansas founded
    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 k...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Fort Smith
    Fort Smith, a thriving post-village of Sebastian county, Arkansas, on the right bank of the Arkansas river, 163 miles by land W. N. W. from Little Roc...Read MORE...


  • 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...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 ...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.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html

  • 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 da...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Fort Smith
    Fort Smith, a post-village of Sebastian co., Ark, situated at the confluence of the Arkansas and Coteau Rivers, 165 miles by rail W.N.W. of Little Roc...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 ...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 ...Read MORE...


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    Birds Eye View of Residence Section
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  • Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
    Central M. E. Church South, and Parsonage, Fort Smith, Ark.
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  • 1916
    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...Read MORE...


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


    Built 1912; Refurbished 1956; Replaced 1969

    This bridge carried 2 sets of trolley car tracks inside the trusses, and 2 automobile lanes cantilevered on the outside of the... Read MORE...

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    Garrison Avenue from 9th Street Looking West, Fort Smith, Ark. (1941)
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Central M. E. Church South, and Parsonage, Fort Smith, Ark.
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Birds Eye View of Residence Section
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Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
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Free Bridge, Fort Smith, Ark.


Built 1912; Refurbished 1956; Replaced 1969

This bridge carried 2 sets of trolley car tracks inside the trusses, and 2 automobile lanes cantilevered on the outside of the... Read MORE...

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Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
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Garrison Avenue from 9th Street Looking West, Fort Smith, Ark. (1941)
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  • 1817 - Fort Smith, Arkansas founded
    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... Read MORE...

  • A Special Place: The Fort Smith Story


    A Special Place: The Fort Smith Story (www.youtube.com)
  • 1854 - Fort Smith
    Fort Smith, a thriving post-village of Sebastian county, Arkansas, on the right bank of the Arkansas river, 163 miles by land W. N. W. from Little... Read MORE...

  • 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... 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 ... Read MORE...

  • 1863 - September 1 - Federal troops reconquer Fort Smith Arkansas

    historyorb.com
  • 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.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html
  • 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... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Fort Smith
    Fort Smith, a post-village of Sebastian co., Ark, situated at the confluence of the Arkansas and Coteau Rivers, 165 miles by rail W.N.W. of Little... 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 ... 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 ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    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... Read MORE...

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