The Fishback Block In 1872 - Fort Smith AR
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N 35° 23.307 W 094° 25.608
15S E 370415 N 3917056
Quick Description: This plaque tells the history of this block of buildings on Garrison - 407 Garrison Ave, downtown Fort Smith.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2013 7:58:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMJKMQ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member *TnT*
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Long Description:

In 1870, ground was broken for the three-story Fishback Block on

the site of Jeremiah Kannady's blacksmith shop which manufactured

Bowie knives for the Confederate Army. The builder, future Gov.

William Meade Fishback (1831-1903), named the 7,000 square foot

third floor ballroom after his wife, Adelaide Miller Fishback.

Adelaide Hall quickly became the scene of grand balls, beautiful

dinner parties, wedding receptions, public meetings and firey

political gatherings. City Hall was relocated here. In 1885 the

building burned to the ground, Fishback's new two-story building in

the same style would be named Adelaide Hall in honor of

his wife who had died three years earlier. 110 years later,

Adelaide Hall was purchased and completely restored by

Richard and Jaunice Griffin.
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