From the earliest days of Fort Smith’s existence as a city, Garrison Avenue has served as gateway west across the Arkansas River and the very cultural and economic heart of Fort Smith.
Discover the rich history of Fort Smith's Garrison Avenue, the gateway to the west and the very heart of the city's cultural and economic development since its founding as a military outpost in 1817. For over 200 years, the most prosperous businesses and important events have taken place "on the avenue," making it a focal point of the city's history. From the earliest days of Fort Smith's existence as a city, Garrison Avenue has served as a vital connection across the Arkansas River and a hub of activity for the community.
Originally an Eagle Scout project by Jeremy Eichling a model featuring storefronts that recreate a slice of early businesses, is a testament to the importance of Garrison Avenue in the development of Fort Smith. Come and discover the fascinating story of Garrison Avenue and its place in the history of Fort Smith, from its earliest days to the present.