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Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith is a city on the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers in the state of Arkansas. Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, Fort Smith has a population of 86,209 residents and is one of two county seats of Sebastian County. A longtime manufacturing center, Fort Smith in recent years has expanded its economic base to include healthcare, retail and historical tourism. The Belle Grove Historical District is 22- block area of buildings covering a 150-year span of architectural styles, from Queen Anne to Craftsman. Local highlights include Miss Laura's Social Club, an elegant Victorian mansion and former brothel which now houses a visitor center, and the Fort Smith National Historic Site. Fort Smith is also home to a branch of the University of Arkansas.

The land occupied by modern-day Fort Smith entered the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Fort Smith itself was founded as a military outpost in 1817. As a frontier town in a contentious border state, Fort Smith attracted all manner of drifters, refugees and outcasts, earning it a place in the legends of the "Wild West." Notable lawmen William Clayton and "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker worked at cleaning up the town in the late 19th century, and Fort Smith eventually settled down to become a respectable manufacturing center. In 1881, Edward Ballman purchased a failing furniture company. After an 1894 merger, the Ballman-Cummings Furniture Company prospered, and Edward Ballman founded several more companies, including Fort Smith Manufacturers Co., a marketing cooperative for promoting his other furniture lines. Other companies followed in the 20th century, including Whirlpool, Rheem Manufacturing, Baldor Electric Company, Gerber Products, and Planters Co., all of which are currently active in Fort Smith. In recent years, healthcare companies such as Sparks Health System and Golden Living have also become major employers.

Fort Smith's long history of manufacturing and legacy of historic homes makes asbestos exposure a continual concern. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma. Mesothelioma treatment facilities in and around Fort Smith are listed at the bottom of this page. Asbestos lawyers may also be able to assist you if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Fort Smith.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Fort Smith

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Fort Smith where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Ball Serv. Dist. & Eng. Company
  • Ballman Cumming Furniture
  • Capco Plant
  • City of Fort Smith, Ark Water Department
  • Dyke Brothers
  • Fort Smith Chair Company
  • Fort Smith Light and Traction Company
  • Gerber Plant
  • Global Steel
  • Oklahoma Gas and Elec Tire Company
  • South Side High School
  • Triangle Insulation Company
  • Vender Bros., Inc.
  • Whirlpool
  • Williams Energy

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Fort Smith, Arkansas

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


10109 E. 79th Street (81st Street & Highway 169)
Tulsa, OK 74133

Distance: 97.6 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Fort Smith, Arkansas

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Daniel Nader
CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center
10109 E. 79th Street (81st Street & Highway 169)
Tulsa, OK 74133

Distance: 97.6 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Arkansas, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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