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Fort Smith National Historic Site

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Address: 301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone Number: 479-783-3961
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A very interesting historic site

We are not Americans and we didn't know the history of the area and the Indian Teritories. The museum explains everything in a very interesting way and the park is very beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Ruth L
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Gan Yavne,, Israel
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Gan Yavne,, Israel
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We are not Americans and we didn't know the history of the area and the Indian Teritories. The museum explains everything in a very interesting way and the park is very beautiful. The staff was very helpful and nice

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is worth the trip if you are passing through. It's about 5 miles or so off I-40. Easy to find. This place is a great place to stretch your legs and learn about how Arkansas' Ft Smith helped tame the Wild West. You can spend all day or just 30 minutes. The U.S. Park rangers are well educated about... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The museum in the old jail/court house is fantastic. Great displays and videos. Early exploration and forts. Trail of Tears. Role of Jackson in forced removal of Native Americans. Military history. Apprehension Trial Punishment in the late 1800s. Results of early Federal mandated sentencing. The grounds and trails and views are wonderful.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Great historical site. Very educational concerning the outlaw days of the west. Film and walking tour were excellent

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Mebane, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We were surprised at how small the area was. The town is pretty interesting, with some cool stores along the main road. The site was ok...We were the only ones in the parking lot. I was a little nervous when I read the sign about taking your cellphone and to call if you so not feel safe! Yikes! But, the... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This historic site is very well maintained and efficiently laid out. The history referred to is the early 1800s during the wild wild west when the US Army first established a fort ("Fort Smith") and a Federal courthouse from which to oversee the Indian Territory which is now Oklahoma, just west across the pretty Arkansas river. Visit "Hangin' Judge" Parker's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Absolutely loved this attraction well worth the time and the little bit of money the entire family very much enjoyed.

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Medinah, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We enjoyed the walk and history behind the park. Thought it was well laid out with paths and exhibits. We walked it near early dusk with the sun setting. Makes a great walk if you are there and downtown. I would not necessary drive there just to see it, but would definitely go if I am there.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The Hanging Judge and his gallows are alive and well in Ft.Smith, Arkansas! The jail is huge and all of this site is original and authentic. Children can run and play in the massive amount of grassy areas. The Federal Courtroom is interactive. Adults and teenagers will get to read and see this Historic Site in pictures and factual script.... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Young and old can learn something about our local history here. There are plenty of volunteers to answer your questions. Visit is at your own pace.

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