Courtesy of the Fort Smith Public Library

Gordon Kelley, left, Carolyn Pollan and Pat Kelley sit with the Fort Smith Land Record book in front of them. The Leigh Kelley family and the board of the Fort Smith Historical Society donated the book to the library in November 1978. It contains land records for land in the county from 1828 to 1855. Almost all of the records for much of the 19th century were lost in the courthouse fires in Fort Smith in 1872 and Greenwood in 1882.