Description - Fort Smith was one of the first U.S. military posts in the Louisiana Territory and served as a base of operations for enforcing federal Indian policy from 1817 to 1896. The park contains the remains of two frontier military forts and a federal court. Judge Isaac C. Parker served here for 21 years protecting the rights of native Americans and helping to bring civilized society to a lawless country.
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Fort Smith National Historic Site
Fort Smith National Historic Site is currently undergoing a multiyear capital improvement program which encompasses rehabilitating the visitor center and park landscape. The historic Barracks / Courthouse building will be restored to its 1891 appearance. Grand reopening of
the building is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2000.A temporary
visitor center is located at Third and Parker Street.
Recreation - Visitors can explore Fort Smith's 79 years of history, dating from the founding of the first fort in 1817 to the federal court's loss of jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896. There are not any recreational activities offered at this site.
Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.
Fort Smith National Historic Site is located in western Arkansas in the town of Fort Smith, Arkansas. From Little Rock, take I-40 west for 160 miles to Fort Smith.