From zube2 Flickr set.
Because Fort Smith of the 19th century does not look anything like Fort Smith of today — and probably for a lot of other reasons — the Coen brothers are remaking Fort Smith in Granger, Texas, a town of 1,400 located in the central part of the state.
From a great article in the Temple Daily Telegram:
Construction crews busily hammering, nailing and painting up and down the main drag have enhanced facades and built movie sets. The frantic activity brings to mind the feeling of an 1880s boomtown in the making. Saloons, mercantile stores, a gallows and homes are going up in empty lots where buildings were long ago torn down.
Granger’s old-fashioned buildings, many of them vacant, are getting a face-lift. And concrete sidewalks are being boarded over from one end of Davilla Street to the other. For that final touch of authenticity, set crews will pour 4 to 6 inches of dirt over Davilla’s brick paving before filming begins, bringing a new perspective to the term “true grit” to the townspeople.