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Fort Smith National Historic Site

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Address: 301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
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Thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds and touring the buildings. Easy walk nice views of the river.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds and touring the buildings. Easy walk nice views of the river.

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Thank Linda L
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The historic site was nice with lots of good information and a few artifacts, diaramas, and a 15 minute overview movie. Typical of the NPS. You get a good history lesson. What made this special and deserving of 5 star rating was 'Marty'. He is a volunteer who gives an hour long plus tour. He was funny and told lots... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got here 45 minutes before closing but the great thing is the entrance fee gets you in for a week! We spent the first evening exploring the outside exhibits and then came back the next morning to finish the inside exhibits. We were really glad we watched the video in the morning because it gave us a great perspective... More 

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Jacksonville, AR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very interesting place and worth seeing. It gives you an idea of life on the edge of the frontier right after the Civil War. The rangers are very helpful. Judge Parker's courtroom looks great. Go see it!

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Thank brad120
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is special to all locals as it showcases the deep history of the Arkansas/Oklahoma border area. This area has a rich history going back to the early 1800's and this park is a nice tribute to that long western heritage and law enforcement. I highly recommend a tour through the Fort Smith National Historic Site.

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Van Buren, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

2017, to be exact Christmas Day will be the 200th birthday of the founding of the Fort and later the city. All year long the city and the fort will be having special parties, programs, gatherings and just amazing stuff to do and see. Check it out .

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have time to walk around the historical site it's worth it. Kind of a walking tour. You can pay $7 to visit inside but I did not. Great view of the river.

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Thank RevRev65
Beebe, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice park, good place to go for a afternoon outing. Statue of Bass Reeves was nice. The oldest building still standing was amazing the block work. The signs with all the information around the grounds was very interesting. The gallows were straight from an old western. Judge Parkers courtroom & jail was great, exhibits to look... More 

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Benton, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

While attending my daughter's dance competition at the Fort Smith Convention center, I thought it would be a good idea to see some local attractions with my son. We were pleasantly surprised at the excellent state of the historic buildings and structures, as well as the quality of the information available around the park.

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Thank Marler1969
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I lived in area most my life and never do I get tired of coming back to this historic site to where so many things in history arose. From hanging judge Parker to trail of tears. If in the area welcome & visit the gallows as well.

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