Fort Smith and Sebastian County

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From its establishment as a settlement known asLa Belle Pointe in 1817, to the founding of the townof Fort Smith by John Rogers in 1839, to its present-daylife as a thriving community full of civic energy, thearea at the junction of the Poteau and Arkansas Rivershas a long and colorful history.In Fort Smith and Sebastian County, you are invited totake a visual tour of the area as it was in the early days,when the town of Fort Smith was located near the heartof the Outlaw Territory. Learn about the impact thatoutlaws such as Belle Starr, Cherokee Bill and the RufusBuck Gang, and Smoker Mankiller had on the area,and discover why, on the floor of Congress, Judge IsaacParker's courthouse was described as a "slaughterhouse."Also included in this collection are early snapshotsof local landmarks including the Goldman Hotel, theCoca-Cola Bottling Plant, and the Union StationTrain Depot, as well as rare images of Sebastian Countyresidents at work and at play.
ISBN: 9780738597041
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arkansas
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and historian Lola Shropshire has compiled photographs from the Fort Smith Public Library Archives, the Fort Smith National Historic Site, and numerous private collections to create a unique and well-crafted look at an area rich in heritage and pride.
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