I pass this building on weekdays, but all I know is its name only. May be, it’s part of a school a block away from it. I am not sure. I never saw anybody (to ask for some info) around the building every time I passed it.
This white stone building looks old and has no windows on the front wall. Yet, I seem to see wisdom in its simple shape and color.
It’s known as Commissary Depot or Quartermaster’s Storehouse, part of National Historic Site. In 1850’s the the first floor of the building held supplies used by explorers and soldiers while the second floor served as an office for Federal Judge Isaac C. Parker.
The inside of the first floor is as yesterday’s post.
The conditions at the federal jail at Fort Smith were so horrible that it received the nickname “Hell on the Border.” Up to 50 men were crowded into one large cell with limited ventilation and poor sanitary conditions. http://www.nps.gov/fosm/index.htm