Camp Chaffee Expansion Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

LITTLE ROCK—An expansion of the Camp Chaffee Historic District at Fort Smith in Sebastian County has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced today.

The Camp Chaffee addition adds nine contributing buildings and one contributing structure to the existing Camp Chaffee Historic District in an area bounded roughly by Ward Avenue, a railroad spur, Taylor Avenue and Terry Street.

“The Post Headquarter area along with the other affiliated buildings provides an opportunity to explain military history to those that come to see what is left of what was Camp Chaffee and later Fort Chaffee,” according to the National Register nomination. “With the divisions serving in all magnitudes of military and social life throughout the Camp Chaffee area, it is easy to see the history start to fade, as Camp Chaffee is lost in the record books. Thus keeping the barracks and other buildings associated with the life of a soldier during World War II only helps continue to maintain the military heritage that the area around Fort Chaffee has been living since 1817.”

For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program, write the AHPP at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811], send e-mail to [email protected] or visit

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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