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Fort Smith National Historic Site

301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901
479-783-3961
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Fort Smith
Type: Historic Sites
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Grand Blanc, Mi
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102 reviews 102 reviews
52 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The "hanging judge's" courtroom, the gallows display, and many well-done exhibits are the highlights of a visit to this National Park. It is almost downtown Fort Smith, right by the river and has a large outdoor park area. Inside the visitor's center are the displays noted above. The rangers are very enthused and helpful, and the place is extremely neat... More

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Orlando, Florida
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187 reviews 187 reviews
97 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Viewing the exterior grounds is free. To see the indoor exhibits, the admission fee is $4 per person, unless you have an NPS pass. The exhibits were nice and informative.

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Los Angeles, California
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741 reviews 741 reviews
357 attraction reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Who knew there was so much history here in Fort Smith? I hadn't known about the fort's significance until our visit. Lots of notable characters including Judge Isaac, a "Hanging Judge" if there ever was one...but though he sentenced many to hang, fewer than 20 actually did. Interesting exhibits and fascinating museum with plenty of artifacts. Living history performers are... More

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Heflin AL
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113 reviews 113 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stopped here this morning and we are really glad we did. We had a great docent, Marty, who gave us a tour. He really enjoys his work and he is a real asset to the site. The displays are very well done and very informative, but they really come to life when Marty gives the background.... More

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Independence, Oregon, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

An amazing look at the turbulent history of the 1860's to 1880's and beyond. Nice interpretive center and beautiful grounds. Paved walking trails and right next to the National Cemetery in Fort Smith.

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BULLHEAD CITY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Very friendly hostess met us upon entry, it has a wide variety of history of Indians, Lawmen, bandits, guns of the day and the judicial system of the 1800's including Judge Parker, the hanging Gallo's of the day. Marshall's Museum is to open in 2014 across the park, beautiful river front too, the kids loved it

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Evanston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

This is a treasure and is very well maintained although the staff could be more enthusiastic. We have been to over 240 national parks and we are generally very impressed with the staff and their knowledge of the site. Preserving the hanging gallows is a nice touch.

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Missouri
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35 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

See the footprint of the original fort overlooking the Arkansas River and the buildings of the 2nd fort turned courthouse and jail. "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker had his courtroom here and they have restored it as well as erected reproduction gallows out back. A short film gives lots of information about this site before you head upstairs to the museum... More

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Heber Springs, Arkansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

So glad we stopped here while visiting Ft. Smith... The grounds were very well kept and beautiful... Parking lot (free) was very easily accessible even for RV's and had RV parking... There is a nice park off to the left that is by the river... Interpretation stations to stop and read while you walk along with really nice benches and... More

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Rockwall, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

A well exhibited museum about the frontier days of Fort Smith. Very good introductory movie. Good exhibits with lots of information. Great staff. Well keep and easily accessible grounds

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