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

Barracks, Courthouse, Jail

 
 
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By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
1. Barracks, Courthouse, Jail Marker
Inscription. The building in front of you is very much as it appeared in the 1890s. First built as a military barracks, it was later converted for use as a courthouse and jail. Over time its appearance changed to accommodate different needs of the people using it.

Compare these photographs to the building you see today. Notice clues of its former appearance by examining bricked-in-windows, remnants of porch foundations, changing rooflines, and brick color variations.
 
Erected by Fort Smith National Historic Site National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 23.293′ N, 94° 25.763′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker is on Parker Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Parker Avenue, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clues from the Past ( a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Fort Smith ( within shouting distance of this marker); Meeting of Nations ( within shouting distance of this marker); Old Federal Building ( within shouting distance of
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By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
2. Barracks, Courthouse, Jail Marker
this marker); Confederates Occupy The Fort ( within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate [and] Union Occupation of Fort Smith ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Flagstaff ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Commissary Storehouse ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Smith.
 
Categories. Government
 
Barracks, Courthouse, Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
3. Barracks, Courthouse, Jail Marker
Barracks, Courthouse, Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
4. Barracks, Courthouse, Jail Marker
Under the circular patch of grass before you is the site of a well. Sheltered by a small gazebo, this well supplied water until the courthouse and the new jail were added to the city water system in the late 1880s.
Barracks, Courthouse, Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
5. Barracks, Courthouse, Jail Marker
Compare these photographs to the building you see today. Notice clues of its former appearance by examining bricked-in-windows, remnants of porch foundations, changing rooflines, and brick color variations.
Barracks, Courthouse, Jail image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
6. Barracks, Courthouse, Jail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 2, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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