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Fort Smith National Historic Site

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Address: 301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
Phone Number: +1 479-783-3961
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Rich history in a beautiful setting

This site is in our hometown. We've been there many times, taking visiting family and friends to learn about the genesis of our city. So many people groups and figures are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
pastorphillipm
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This site is in our hometown. We've been there many times, taking visiting family and friends to learn about the genesis of our city. So many people groups and figures are represented there! We strongly recommend going for yourselves and the grounds and view of the rivers coming together is so nice in the different seasons of the year as... More 

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Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed walking the grounds of this historic site and reading the information on the markers. We didn't tour the museum since we didn't bring any money and didn't realize it would cost $7 per person. Regardless, we learned a lot. A little disappointed that none of the original buildings remain standing. Some have been recreated however. Beautiful views of... More 

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Raleigh N C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice quiet scenic walk. You can learn some things along the walk there are several plaques to read, the commissary that you can go in. And a few surprises along the walk enjoy

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 1803 Louisiana Purchased launched Fort Smith's history. The first Ft. Smith was built in 1817 to keep peace in the Arkansas River Valley between the native Osage and newly arriving Cherokee. The second Ft. Smith was built due to an unfounded fear of Indian attack, but the US-Mexican War, 1849 CA gold rush, surging westward migration and forts built... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bring your tennis shoes and a picnic; this is a good walk if you see everything. Historic downtown Fort Smith takes you back in time. This beautiful park has a great walking path which directs you to specific historic markers with explanations for each. It is a great way to get outside and take in some of the U.S. old... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a very good presentation of the historic presentation of Fort Smith and its significance in the western expansion of the US frontier. The need for law and order in dealing with a lawless frontier was essential. It was a very nice complex with presentations. The walk of the grounds was beautiful. It is unfortunate that there are no... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Nice place to stretch your legs and learn a little history. A short walk along the river will bring you to the old Fort Smith. There are placards along the way to help you learn about the areas history.

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South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Not that much new to us history buffs, but always learn something. Loved the info about jails and actually seeing one. I'm sure it was not anywhere as clean as this museum. Too bad the marshal museum is not to open. Finding the park and getting from parking lot to building, needs better signage. Had to ask twice.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Fort Smith National Park is the gem of Fort Smith. A detailed history and relics of America's Western Frontier is a marvel. The museum details Fort Smith's history including a movie. Inside the museum the aura of the jail and the gallows outside doesn't appeal to everyone, but the River Trail surely will. Along the trail you can survey the... More 

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fort smith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I love the atmosphere and the beer is amazing. They have a great selection and sometimes have live music.

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