Marble Hall in 1863

Marble Hall in 1863 (HM1R7C)

Location: Fort Smith, AR 72901 Sebastian County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.316', W 94° 25.652'

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Marble Hall, the oldest building on Garrison Avenue, was built in 1859 by Ethelbert Britton Bright. Judging from the surviving newspapers ads, his mercantile store held the very wonders of the world, steadily supplied by steamboats docking at the foot of Garrison. The son of a missionary to the Osage tribe, Bright became fluent in their language. He came to Fort Smith in 1853 and set forth in business at a lightning pace. By 1857, he ran the Old Red Mill on Tenth Street, had married the niece of Stand Waite and built a mansion on Sixth Street. Marble Hall was used as a hospital during the Civil War. By 1862, Bright had enlisted in the 51st Arkansas Militia Regiment. Bright returned from the war and launched back into business but his obituary notes that he met with reverses and lived quietly until his death in 1890. Marble Hall has housed many businesses including a shooting gallery in 1900. Marble Hall was restored by Phil White in 1977.
HM NumberHM1R7C
Year Placed2012
Placed ByCity of Fort Smith and Others
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 370349 N 3917074
Decimal Degrees35.38860000, -94.42753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.316', W 94° 25.652'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 18.96" N, 94° 25' 39.12" W
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Area Code(s)501, 479
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 318 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith AR 72901, US
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