Cannons return to Fort Smith

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:54 pm

City workers installed three replicas of Civil War-style cannons Wednesday at Fort Smith, overlooking the Missouri River near Prospect Avenue and Louis Street.

“I thought I might die before it ever happened,” said Joe Houts, a local banker, author, historian and the man who raised the money for the city’s newest park. “It’s still hard to believe.”

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Welcome to the discussion.


  • beelog posted at 5:28 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    beelog Posts: 3379

    Should Kansas decide to invade, we are now prepared!

    This will stir the imagination of children and remind people that there is a price for freedom.

  • sarahhochchwender posted at 5:52 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    sarahhochchwender Posts: 495

    Isn't this the property that the city virtually bought back from itself for $85k about two years ago? If I am not mistaken I saw earth being moved around up there to create parking and level surface and not one scintilla of evidence that any of the excavation was treated as an historic site. Wouldn't you think there would have been some effort to treat it as an archeological dig to discover artifacts?

  • xxxst posted at 8:28 am on Fri, Apr 5, 2013.

    xxxst Posts: 15

    When the property was becoming available, long-time St. Joseph area archeologist Mike Fisher, who for many years has led the St. Joseph Archeological Society, led a complete archeological study. Mike, in addition to his lengthy credentials, has a network that includes noted archeologists from Missouri University, Kansas University, Nebraska University, and many other regional trained archeological organizations.

    Mike and his team worked the site for many months. Findings confirmed much of what was already known, but there were a few surprises.

    Understand, dear reader, that the site was used as a farm, residence, etc., for 160 years after it ceased to be a fort. Rest assured that all due diligence was done before the dirt was stirred!

    If you have questions, call the St. Joseph Museum, 232-8471.


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