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Our Genealogy Helper for Fort Smith ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Fort Smith (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Fort Smith. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Fort Smith ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations, abbreviations or people who just guessed at the name.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Fort Smith: Ft. Smith

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Fort Smith is located in Sebastian County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Arkansas' counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sebastian County: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott, Le Flore (OK) & Sequoyah (OK).

Below are the counties that are near Fort Smith. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Fort Smith:

  • Sebastian County     (The home county of Fort Smith)
    • Barling [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barling
      • Barling [Sebastian County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,036 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barling
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Barling<2>
    • Central City [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Central City
      • Central City [Sebastian County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 502 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Central City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central City
    • Bonanza [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonanza
      • Bonanza [Sebastian County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 564 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bonanza have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonanza
    • Lavaca [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lavaca
      • Lavaca [Sebastian County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,427 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lavaca
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lavaca<2>
    • Hackett [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hackett
      • Hackett [Sebastian County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 844 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hackett have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hackett
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hackett<2>
    • Greenwood [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood
      • Greenwood [Sebastian County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,414 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood
    • Bloomer [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomer
      • Bloomer [Sebastian County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomer
    • Ursula [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ursula
      • Ursula [Sebastian County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ursula
    • Midland [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Midland
      • Midland [Sebastian County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 323 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Midland
    • Huntington [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huntington
      • Huntington [Sebastian County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 621 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Huntington have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huntington
    • Frog Town [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frog Town
      • Frog Town [Sebastian County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frog Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frog Town
    • Mansfield [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mansfield
      • Mansfield [Sebastian County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,096 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mansfield have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mansfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mansfield<2>
  • Crawford County
    • Van Buren [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Van Buren
      • Van Buren [Crawford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 23,683 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Van Buren have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Van Buren
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Van Buren<2>
    • Wright Town [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wright Town
      • Wright Town [Crawford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wright Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wright Town
    • Kibler [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kibler
      • Kibler [Crawford County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,028 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kibler have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kibler
    • Concord [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Concord
      • Concord [Crawford County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Concord have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Concord
    • New Town [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Town
      • New Town [Crawford County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Town
    • Alma [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alma
      • Alma [Crawford County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,864 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alma have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alma<2>
    • Rudy [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rudy
      • Rudy [Crawford County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 149 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rudy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rudy
    • Cedarville [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedarville
      • Cedarville [Crawford County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,410 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedarville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedarville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedarville<2>
    • Uniontown [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Uniontown
      • Uniontown [Crawford County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Uniontown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Uniontown
    • Dyer [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dyer
      • Dyer [Crawford County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 902 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dyer have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dyer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dyer<2>
    • Natural Dam [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Natural Dam
      • Natural Dam [Crawford County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Natural Dam have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Natural Dam
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Natural Dam<2>
    • Mulberry [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mulberry
      • Mulberry [Crawford County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,692 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mulberry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mulberry
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mulberry<2>
  • Franklin County
    • Charleston [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charleston
      • Charleston [Franklin County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,467 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Charleston have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charleston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Charleston<2>
    • Branch [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Branch
      • Branch [Franklin County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 341 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Branch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Branch<2>
    • Cecil [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cecil
      • Cecil [Franklin County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cecil have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cecil
    • Ozark [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ozark
      • Ozark [Franklin County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,595 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ozark
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ozark<2>
    • Altus [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Altus
      • Altus [Franklin County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 729 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Altus
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Altus<2>
    • Denning [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denning
      • Denning [Franklin County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 248 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Denning have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denning
    • Wiederkehr Village [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wiederkehr Village
      • Wiederkehr Village [Franklin County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 46 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wiederkehr Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wiederkehr Village
  • Johnson County
    • Coal Hill [Johnson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coal Hill
      • Coal Hill [Johnson County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,011 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coal Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coal Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coal Hill<2>
  • Logan County
    • Lucas [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucas
      • Lucas [Logan County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lucas
    • Ratcliff [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ratcliff
      • Ratcliff [Logan County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 183 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ratcliff have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ratcliff
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ratcliff<2>
    • Caulksville [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caulksville
      • Caulksville [Logan County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 209 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Caulksville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caulksville
    • Booneville [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Booneville
      • Booneville [Logan County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,785 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Booneville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Booneville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Booneville<2>
    • Magazine [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Magazine
      • Magazine [Logan County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 830 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Magazine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Magazine
    • Paris [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paris
      • Paris [Logan County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,365 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paris
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paris<2>
    • Blue Mountain [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Mountain
      • Blue Mountain [Logan County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 118 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blue Mountain have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Mountain
  • Scott County
    • Waldron [Scott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waldron
      • Waldron [Scott County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,374 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waldron have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waldron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waldron<2>
  • Washington County
    • Evansville [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evansville
      • Evansville [Washington County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evansville
    • Winslow [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winslow
      • Winslow [Washington County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 424 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winslow
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winslow<2>
    • Canehill [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canehill
      • Canehill [Washington County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canehill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canehill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canehill<2>
    • Lincoln [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
      • Lincoln [Washington County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,481 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lincoln<2>
    • West Fork [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Fork
      • West Fork [Washington County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,655 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Fork
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Fork<2>
  • Adair County (OK)
    • Bell [Adair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bell
      • Bell [Adair County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bell
    • Greasy [Adair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greasy
      • Greasy [Adair County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greasy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greasy
    • Salem [Adair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
      • Salem [Adair County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salem have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem
    • Cherry Tree [Adair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherry Tree
      • Cherry Tree [Adair County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherry Tree
    • Bunch [Adair County]
    • Stilwell [Adair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stilwell
      • Stilwell [Adair County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,060 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stilwell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stilwell<2>
    • Marietta [Adair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marietta
      • Marietta [Adair County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marietta have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marietta
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marietta<2>
  • Cherokee County (OK)
  • Haskell County (OK)
    • Keota [Haskell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keota
      • Keota [Haskell County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the west of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 549 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keota have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keota
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keota<2>
    • McCurtain [Haskell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McCurtain
      • McCurtain [Haskell County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 502 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for McCurtain have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McCurtain
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for McCurtain<2>
    • Tamaha [Haskell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tamaha
      • Tamaha [Haskell County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 231 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tamaha have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tamaha
  • Le Flore County (OK)
    • Arkoma [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arkoma
      • Arkoma [Le Flore County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,899 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arkoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arkoma<2>
    • Braden [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Braden
      • Braden [Le Flore County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Braden
    • Pocola [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocola
      • Pocola [Le Flore County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,121 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pocola have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocola
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pocola<2>
    • Fort Coffee [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Coffee
      • Fort Coffee [Le Flore County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 422 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Coffee have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Coffee
    • Rock Island [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Island
      • Rock Island [Le Flore County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 643 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock Island have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Island
    • Skullyville [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skullyville
      • Skullyville [Le Flore County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Skullyville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Skullyville
    • Spiro [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spiro
      • Spiro [Le Flore County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,158 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spiro have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spiro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spiro<2>
    • Cameron [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cameron
      • Cameron [Le Flore County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 293 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cameron have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cameron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cameron<2>
    • Panama [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Panama
      • Panama [Le Flore County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,362 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Panama have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Panama
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Panama<2>
    • Shady Point [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Point
      • Shady Point [Le Flore County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 999 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shady Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shady Point
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shady Point<2>
    • Cowlington [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cowlington
      • Cowlington [Le Flore County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 152 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cowlington have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cowlington
    • Poteau [Le Flore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poteau
      • Poteau [Le Flore County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,863 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poteau
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Poteau<2>
  • Sequoyah County (OK)
    • Moffett [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moffett
      • Moffett [Sequoyah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 118 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moffett have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moffett
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moffett<2>
    • Roland [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roland
      • Roland [Sequoyah County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,911 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roland<2>
    • Remy [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Remy
      • Remy [Sequoyah County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Remy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Remy
    • Muldrow [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Muldrow
      • Muldrow [Sequoyah County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,251 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Muldrow have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Muldrow
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Muldrow<2>
    • Long [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long
      • Long [Sequoyah County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long
    • Short [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Short
      • Short [Sequoyah County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Short have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Short
    • Belfonte [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belfonte
      • Belfonte [Sequoyah County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belfonte have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belfonte
    • Gans [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gans
      • Gans [Sequoyah County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 301 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gans have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gans
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gans<2>
    • Akins [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Akins
      • Akins [Sequoyah County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Akins have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Akins
    • Stoney Point [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stoney Point
      • Stoney Point [Sequoyah County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stoney Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stoney Point
    • Brushy [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brushy
      • Brushy [Sequoyah County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brushy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brushy
    • Brent [Sequoyah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brent
      • Brent [Sequoyah County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Fort Smith
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brent have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brent

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Fort Smith, see our County-by-County Page for Fort Smith.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Fort Smith ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 143 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Smith.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Fort Smith. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Fort Smith and those printed in the larger area surrounding Fort Smith.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 23 miles [37 km] of Fort Smith.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Fort Smith:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Arkansas
    • Stories from Oklahoma

Cemeteries Near Fort Smith ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fort Smith.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Fort Smith covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Washington Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Washington Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Washington Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Washington Cemetery
  • Rose Lawn Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rose Lawn Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rose Lawn Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Lawn Cemetery
  • Oak Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oak Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Oak Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Cemetery
  • Holy Cross Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Cross Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Holy Cross Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holy Cross Cemetery
  • Calvary Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Calvary Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Calvary Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calvary Cemetery
  • Ft. Smith National Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Forest Park Cemetery
    • Newlon Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Newlon Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Newlon Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newlon Cemetery
    • Leard Cemetery
    • Steep Hill Cemetery
    • Mc Coy Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mc Coy Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mc Coy Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mc Coy Cemetery
    • Barling Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Barling Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Barling Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barling Cemetery
    • St. Marys Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Marys Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Marys Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Marys Cemetery
    • Mc Allister Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mc Allister Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mc Allister Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mc Allister Cemetery
    • Crow Hill Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Crow Hill Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Crow Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crow Hill Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Fort Smith had a population of 11,311 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2019, Fort Smith had a population of 87,891 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Fort Smith, with the one closest to Fort Smith listed first.

  • Fort Smith [Sebastian County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Smith
    • Fort Smith [Sebastian County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 11,311 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 87,891 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Smith had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Smith
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Smith<2>
  • Massard [Sebastian County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Massard
    • Massard [Sebastian County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Massard had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Massard have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Massard
  • Cavanaugh [Sebastian County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cavanaugh
    • Cavanaugh [Sebastian County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cavanaugh had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cavanaugh have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cavanaugh
  • Buell [Sebastian County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buell
    • Buell [Sebastian County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Buell had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buell
  • Barling [Sebastian County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barling
    • Barling [Sebastian County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Smith
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,036 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Barling had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barling
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Barling<2>
  • Crescent [Sebastian County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crescent
    • Crescent [Sebastian County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Crescent had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crescent have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crescent
  • Continue List ...
    • Van Buren [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Van Buren
      • Van Buren [Crawford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Fort Smith
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,291 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 23,683 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Van Buren had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Van Buren have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Van Buren
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Van Buren<2>
    • Haroldton [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haroldton
      • Haroldton [Crawford County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Haroldton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haroldton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haroldton
    • Catcher [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Catcher
      • Catcher [Crawford County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Catcher had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Catcher have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Catcher
    • Enterprise [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Enterprise
      • Enterprise [Sebastian County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Smith
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 25 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Enterprise had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Enterprise have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Enterprise
    • Dora [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dora
      • Dora [Crawford County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Smith
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Dora had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dora have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dora
    • Jenny Lind [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jenny Lind
      • Jenny Lind [Sebastian County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Jenny Lind had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jenny Lind have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jenny Lind
    • Excelsior [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Excelsior
      • Excelsior [Sebastian County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Fort Smith
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Excelsior had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Excelsior have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Excelsior
    • Lavaca [Sebastian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lavaca
      • Lavaca [Sebastian County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Fort Smith
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,427 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lavaca had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lavaca
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lavaca<2>
    • Alma [Crawford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alma
      • Alma [Crawford County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Smith
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 486 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,864 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Alma had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alma have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alma<2>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Fort Smith. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fort Smith.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fort Smith ...

While our initial data about Fort Smith came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Fort Smith in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Fort Smith.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Fort Smith:
Services available at that time (1895): had a Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Fort Smith in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Fort Smith for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fort Smith. See our Misc Page for Fort Smith for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Sebastian County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Fort Smith: www.fsark.com/

The official website for Sebastian County: www.sebastiancountyonline.com/

The official website for State of Arkansas: https://portal.arkansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fort Smith) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fort Smith. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort Smith

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Smith. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3629, Longitude: -94.3727    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Fort Smith, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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