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Fort Smith

Fort Smith, Arkansas
County of Sebastian.
National Register Number: 66000202
Resource type: District.
Property type: Defense - fortification. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: AR-3 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: National Historic Site: http://www.nps.gov/fosm/.
Web Site: www.nps.gov/fosm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 19, 1960):
Established in 1817 near the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers, the first fort at this site was among the earliest U.S. military posts in Missouri Territory. The fort's purpose was to control the encroachment into Osage lands by both the Cherokee and westward moving American settlers. The second fort, begun in 1838 a short distance from the site of the first, was garrisoned until the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas moved to the town of Fort Smith in 1871.

There are no threats to the NHL at this time

Landscaping with native vegetation has been planted. A heritage garden was installed in June of 2008. Two apple trees wre planted near the garden and the Officers Quarters.

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