Clues from the Past

Clues from the Past (HM1K7B)

Location: Fort Smith, AR 72901 Sebastian County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.298', W 94° 25.77'

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Fort Smith National Historic Site

The building in front of you is very much as it appeared in the 1890s. First used as a military barracks, it was later converted for use as a courthouse and jail. Over time its appearance changed to accommodate the different needs of the people using it. Between 1851 and 1887, the structure was 1 ½ stories with large porches. The second story of the courthouse was added in 1891 for use as a hospital for the prisoners, and the long porches were removed and replaced with shorter ones.

Historical accounts note that the second Fort Smith (1838-1871) had three water wells. The only one that has been located is under the circular patch of grass in front of you. Sheltered by the small gazebo visible in the photo, this well supplied water throughout much of the buildings history. After 1870, the well was replaced by other water sources such as cisterns and water pumped from the river.
Look at the historic photographs and compare them to the building you see today. Notice clues of its former appearance by examining bricked in windows, remnants of porch foundations, changing roof lines, and brick color variations.
HM NumberHM1K7B
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 370170 N 3917043
Decimal Degrees35.38830000, -94.42950000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.298', W 94° 25.77'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 17.88" N, 94° 25' 46.2" W
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Area Code(s)501, 479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24 S 3rd St, Fort Smith AR 72901, US
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