Marble Hall in 1863 -- Ft Smith AR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 35° 23.340 W 094° 25.647
15S E 370357 N 3917118
Quick Description: The historic marker for Marble hall is located across Garrison Ave. from this historic building
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 1/14/2015 4:47:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMN7T8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member arkansas stickerdude
Views: 1

Long Description:
A lot of amazing history happened within the walls of this otherwise nondescript, yet deeply historic, commercial building:


Marble Hall, the oldest building on Garrison Avenue, was built in 1859 by Ethelbert Britton Bright. Judging from the surviving newspaper ads, his mercantile store held the very wonders of the world, steadily supplied by steamboats docking at the foot of Garrison. The son of a missionary to the Osage tribe, Bright became fluent in their language. He came to Ft Smith in 1853 and set forth in business at a lightning pace. By 1857 he ran The Old Red Mill on Tenth Street, had married the niece of Sand Waite, and built a mansion on Sixth Street. Marble Hall was used as a hospital during the Civil War. By 1862, Bright had enlisted in the 51st Arkansas Militia Regiment. Bright returned from the war and launched back into business, but his obituary notes that he met with reverses and lived quietly until his death in 1890. Marble Hall has housed many businesses including a shooting gallery in 1900. Marble Hall was restored by Phil White in 1977."
History of Marker:
Erected by the City of Fort Smith in 2003

Link to Marker: Not listed

Additional Parking: Not Listed

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