Site work begins on US Marshals Museum in western Arkansas

(courtesy MGN Online)
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FORT SMITH, Ark. Site work has begun for the $16.5 million, star-shaped U.S. Marshals Museum in western Arkansas.

The museum's board of directors is planning a September 2019 opening to coincide with the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service. Exhibits will show the history of the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States.

Crews will construct a high dirt pad for the 53,000-square-foot facility over the course of next month. The Fort Smith site was previously a landfill for debris after a tornado hit the area in 1996.

Museum President and CEO Patrick Weeks says there will be a halt in construction until spring after this phase of construction is complete. The standstill will allow the dirt pad to settle.