The first steel columns are being erected at the United States Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.
The steel used for the project is from the local company. Midwest Automation and Custom Fabrication Incorporated in Fort Smith began delivering the steel to the site last week.
Crews broke ground on the site on October 4, 2017, for the 50,000 square foot building. Representatives of the project say the museum has taken over a decade to plan and could not be in a better place to represent the city’s history.
From an aerial view, the building will be in the shape of a U.S. Marshal’s star badge facing the Arkansas River.
A spokesperson for the museum said it represents the launching point of the U.S. Marshals into the Western territory.
The final product will house current artifacts and historic pieces dating back to the 18th century. The goal is to honor the history here in the Natural State and beyond.
“This community came together to bring this home,” President & CEO of United States Marshals Museum Patrick Weeks said.