Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border, situated at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers, also known as Belle Point. The city began as a western frontier military post in 1817 and would later become well known for its role in the settling of the "Wild West" and its law enforcement heritage.
Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas–Oklahoma state border, situated at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers, also known as Belle Point. Fort Smith was established as a western frontier military post in 1817, when it was also a center of fur trading. The city developed there.
From the establishment of the first Fort Smith on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C. Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history. Become a Junior Ranger Kids of all ages can earn Junior Ranger badges. What's Happening at Fort Smith
Fort Smith, city, northern district seat (1852) of Sebastian county, western Arkansas, U.S., on the Arkansas River at the Oklahoma state line. An army fort named for General Thomas A. Smith was established on the site (known as Belle Point to early French explorers) in 1817 but remained operational only until the mid-1820s.
Welcome to Fort Smith! "Where the New South Meets the Old West," is much more than a slogan. We're passionate about where we're going, where we've been and how this frontier border town shaped westward expansion. The pioneer spirit that transformed Fort Smith into the second-largest city in Arkansas is still alive in our citizens, today.
Among the most unique treasures in the collection are U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves’ pocket watch, and a miniature portrait of United States Marshal Robert Forsyth (D/GA). This Charles Willson Peale painting is the only known portrait of him. Forsyth was among the first U.S. Marshals appointed by President George Washington after the creation of ...