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Fort Smith is located in northwest Arkansas and borders Oklahoma and is the county seat for Sebastian County. The city has a population of 80,286 which makes it the second largest city in Arkansas behind Little Rock. It is located in the River Valley of Arkansas between the Ouachita mountains in the south and the Boston and Ozark mountains of the north and a gateway city to the Ozarks.
In 1817 Fort Smith was established as a military fort next to indian territory in Oklahoma. It is located at the junction of the Arkansas river and the Poteau river at a place that early French explorers called Belle Point. This location was a good place to build a fort guarding the wilderness to the west and the Indian territory of Oklahoma.
Fort Smith has a small regional airport (http://www.fortsmithairport.com) with service by two regional carriers, American Eagle/American Airlines and Northwest Airlink/Pinnacle. There are several flights each day to both Dallas/Fort Worth and Memphis.
There is no rail access to Fort Smith.
Access by car on Interstate highway from the East and West is by I40 and from the North by I540. Access to the South is by US71.
The Jefferson Lines (http://www.jeffersonlines.com/schedule.asp) services the city with bus service to the east, west and north.
The best way to get around and see Fort Smith is by car. Also Fort Smith Transit (http://www.fsark.com/services/transit/process.php?id=95) is available.
There are several major employers in Fort Smith, there is a listing of companies with employment links at 4 (http:www.fort-smith.com). Major employers include Whirlpool Corperation, Rheem, Beverly Enterprises and Arkansas Best Corporation (ABF).