For our brief visit to Little Rock (pics) we encountered some unpleasant weather that hindered our sightseeing. It was quite cold and raining. In fact, the temperature was right at 32 degrees while it was raining so there was a little ice forming in the trees.
Fort Smith (pics) was first established in 1817 when the first fort was built on a rocky bluff at the junction of the Poteau and Arkansas rivers. It was established to maintain peace between local Osage Indians, emigrating Cherokees (who were being forced to move westward) and non-Indian settlers. The fort was abandoned in 1824.