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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609494504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609494506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hidden History of Fort Smith, Arkansas is 125 pages of interesting bits of local history primarily from the late 19th to the early 20th century but also includes some contemporary items and goes all the way back to the founding of the fort. Some of the stories are rewritten from the 'Inquire Within' column which the newspaper gave him permission to use." --The City Wire

About the Author

Ben Boulden is a Fort Smith native. Except for much of the 1980s, he has lived in the city his entire life.

In 1986, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Missouri, studied abroad for one year at the University of Manchester in the UK and earned his master's degree in history from the University of Arkansas in 1992. Boulden taught courses in Arkansas history and America in the Gilded Age at what was then Westark College from 1999 to 2002.

Since 1995, he has worked in a variety of capacities at the Times Record, most recently and for the last seven years as a reporter and columnist. Boulden has written the weekly "Inquire Within" column for the Times Record for more than seven years, in which forum he has answered probably hundreds of questions regarding local history. He has been married to Jennifer Boulden since 2005.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ott on July 3, 2012
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This book is a gem! I loved it so much that I bought another copy as a gift. It is beautifully written, and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in history, Fort Smith, or just a good story.
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By james h mitchell on July 12, 2014
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Great book on Fort Smith, Arkansas.
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Quick read on the history of the city. It was fun and informative. Boulder gives readers a feel for the political climate of the times and how much of Fort Smith came to be.
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By Readaholic on October 9, 2012
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An interesting read for those who live or have lived in Fort Smith. It was just enough to whet my appetite. I hope he will continue this history to the present day.
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These chapters are easy to read and it's fun to learn history and trivia about the Fort Smith area. The author was a long-time newspaper reporter in Fort Smith and the newspaper apparently gave him permission to reprint some of his columns.
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