Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier

Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western Frontier (HM13DL)

Location: Fort Smith, AR 72901 Sebastian County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.361', W 94° 25.726'

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Bass Reeves, a slave born in Arkansas and reared in Texas, rose to become one of the best known and effective deputy U.S. marshals to ride out of Fort Smith for Judge Isaac C. Parker. Recognized as one of the first African Americans commissioned as a federal lawman on the western frontier, Reeves was a master of disguise, expert with firearms, and over a thirty year career, arrested thousands of felons, including his son and minister. Newspapers reported that he killed over twenty men in the line of duty.

After leaving Fort Smith, Reeves served the federal courts of Paris, Texas and Muskogee in the Indian Territory. Following Oklahoma statehood in 1907, he worked for the Muskogee Police Department until 1909. Reeves died in 1910 at the age of 71 in Muskogee. This statue is a dedication to Bass Reeves and all federal lawmen who bravely served our nation with valor, fortitude, and unwavering integrity.

Art T. Burton/Michael Groomer
HM NumberHM13DL
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series
Year Placed2012
Placed ByThe Bass Reeves Legacy Initiative Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 1:41pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 370238 N 3917158
Decimal Degrees35.38935000, -94.42876667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.361', W 94° 25.726'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 21.66" N, 94° 25' 43.56" W
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Area Code(s)501, 479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith AR 72901, US
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