The Flagstaff

The Flagstaff (HM13NI)

Location: Fort Smith, AR 72901 Sebastian County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.329', W 94° 25.764'

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The U.S. Army built the original flagstaff at the second Fort Smith in 1846. As with many western military posts, the flagstaff stood tall so that its flag could be seen for miles. To attain a height of nearly 100 feet, the army joined two poles in the same way that ship masts were built. Historically, shroud lines attached to cross trees supported the area where the poles were joined, while guidelines and an underground wooden structure stabilized the base.

When the army closed Fort Smith in 1871, they removed the flagstaff. The "Old Fort Militia," a local citizen support group, in cooperation with the National Park Service rebuilt the flagstaff in 1984-85. Its 37-star flag is a replica of the last flag flown here by the army, from 1867-1871.
HM NumberHM13NI
Placed ByFort Smith National Historic Site National Park Services, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 12:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 370180 N 3917100
Decimal Degrees35.38881667, -94.42940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.329', W 94° 25.764'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 19.74" N, 94° 25' 45.84" W
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Area Code(s)501, 479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith AR 72901, US
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