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Fort Smith National Historic Site

301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
+1 479-783-3961
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Arkansas and Native American territory

This place has quite a bit of history to tell. It was a very lawless place and there were many... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2018
767traceyd
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Arkoma, United States
history at your feet!

Gravesites of the rich, poor, young ,old- but all veterans or their families! A walking history... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
darrellkd
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

This place has quite a bit of history to tell. It was a very lawless place and there were many difficult times for so many people in the area.

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Gravesites of the rich, poor, young ,old- but all veterans or their families! A walking history lesson- and a tribute to those who have served. Beautifully maintained and deeply moving!

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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

We had a great day at National Historic Site. Doesn’t matter if you are visiting Fort Smith for the first time or if you are local, you always will have a beautiful view. There are a lot of history information in the way of a...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

It was historically interesting to see the gallows and the architecture of the old buildings. This would be a good stop for people with pets too. I believe this listing is for the park area around the historical museum so the park is free and...More

Thank Amanda S
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

I would probably have given Fort Smith a higher rating, but we visited Little Rock High School earlier that day and were emotionally drained. This is our fifth time traveling cross country so my advice is to do one nice visit a day. Squeezing in...More

Thank jazzie F
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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

We were in Ft. Smith to visit a friend and had down time so we went to the fort and learned a lot. I didn't realize how pivotal Ft. Smith was on the Trail of Tears. We walked the grounds on a stunning fall day...More

Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy history you'll have to see Fort Smith. What started out as a military insulation turned into a one stop law enforcement complex. It was where outlaws were brought after capture to be housed, judged and if need be executed. US Marshalls like...More

Thank majdad04
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

We enjoyed seeing and reading the history of Fort Smith. It really is the history of so many movies made about the Wild West's marshals, bounty hunters, and the Indians of the area. The museum located in the courthouse and jail is full of artifacts....More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Little video to watch explaining area. Courtroom was neat, nice walking outside towards the river. Small gift area to purchase items. $7.00 for admission.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Being here in November was simply amazing. Beautiful leaves. Overall a very interesting site. Plenty of well-kept walk paths with great information and pictures. The Trail of Tears overlook has a gorgeous river view. Staff was very helpful. I would like to go again with...More

Thank ChuckLoonz
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Yes we seen some and they had no problem i think you have to clean up the mess is all
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