Fort Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Fort Smith in the U.S. state of Arkansas is a town that was built around, well, a fort. It was actually the site of two forts at the same location. The forts were situated on the Arkansas River across from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The fort was a built on what was the frontier at the time. Today, it is owned by the National Park Service. Much of the walls are gone, but you can visit what was once the barracks, jail, and courthouse, all in one building. You can see a replica of a gallows as numerous hangings took place here. If you are ever in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Fort Smith is a must see.

Some of you are saying, “This is nice that they were able to preserve the site, but since the site has nothing to do with the railroad, you will not see me here.”

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