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Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Frisco Train Depot

Fort Smith National Historic Site

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
Frisco Train Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2015
1. Frisco Train Depot Marker
Inscription.  Before automobiles or airplanes, trains were the popular way to travel. At speeds of up to 65 mph (105 km), people traveled faster and farther than ever before. Besides visiting family and friends, trains took people to new and exotic places for the first time. Popular destinations included National Parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon.

Vital to every railroad’s success were its depots. Strategically located for fueling, communications (telegraph and mail), and receiving both passengers and freight, depots were responsible for the establishment of many new communities across the nation. Today, trains still continue to play an important role in the transportation of people and freight.

The depot’s original columns were removed in the 1970s during the bridge expansion project.

Horses, trains, automobiles, and planes – what do you think comes next?

(background photo caption)
Night Train on the Frisco by Fort Smith artist John Bell Jr.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker
Frisco Train Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2015
2. Frisco Train Depot Marker
(looking northeast • depot in left background)
is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 35° 23.374′ N, 94° 25.784′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Garrison Avenue (U.S. 64) and North 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located on the Fort Smith National Historic Site grounds, overlooking the former railroad depot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Building Worth Saving (here, next to this marker); Old Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parade Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bastion That Never Was (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guardhouse, 1849-1871 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Women’s Jail, 1872-1888 (within shouting distance of this marker); Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Flagstaff (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Smith.
 
Also see . . .
1. Frisco Train Station
Frisco Train Depot (<i>south elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2015
3. Frisco Train Depot (south elevation)
. Built in 1903 by the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, the station was an imposing Missouri ashlar limestone structure with a two-story colonnade in front. The ten ornate columns, standard of the Classical Revival style, gave way to a grand entrance. (Submitted on September 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. St. Louis–San Francisco Railway. The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway Co. (SLSF), better known as the Frisco, was organized in 1876 in Missouri. By 1881, the company consisted of a handful of lines concentrated in central and southern Missouri but reaching to Wichita, Kansas; Vinita, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Although the Frisco never built into the heart of Arkansas, its feeder lines connected communities with other lines across the state as well as markets throughout the nation. (Submitted on September 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Frisco Train Depot (<i>east elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2015
4. Frisco Train Depot (east elevation)
Frisco Train Depot (<i>west elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2015
5. Frisco Train Depot (west elevation)
Frisco Train Depot image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2015
6. Frisco Train Depot
(looking across tracks from west)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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