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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 19 Attractions in Fort Smith
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Stafford, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site (NPS park). the walk on the ground is beautiful and you can walk down the trail to the fork of the Poteau and Arkansas Rivers. HIstory is well presented and very worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

the city is finbe. The hotel the seasons inn needs to be remodelded badly and they need to stock the rooms like other hotels do with enough soap towels and dont close the contenental breakfast after the food is gone at 7 a.m; most usually tose breakfast have enough for everyone and stay open until at least 9.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Ft Smith was more pivotal in American History than I assumed. Amazing grounds we walked most of the site and the upkeep was amazing. My kids had no idea what a hanging was but quickly learned and were very interested in how justice was handled. We walked barefoot around most of the old fort site and the new grounds. It... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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461 reviews 461 reviews
131 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visited with family and had lots of things of interest to read and see. Some of area hot outside but enjoyed just the same.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Went in thinking, "How much history could there be in Ft. Smith? " and, "If you've seen one old fort, you've seen them all." I was wrong on all counts. The grounds were beautiful, the voluminous history was interesting, the displays were wonderfully done with nice attention to detail, and you just don't see real live gallows every day. It... More

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My fiancée proposed to me here by the river. Its beautiful and historical. I will remember it for the rest of my life.

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Ohio
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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The remnants of a fort with all the interpretation that goes with it. Someone has taken a lot of time to describe this site for it's history. A little shocking when you look up to see a noose on the gallows after reading that it is only put up on anniversaries of actual hangings. Can't say enough about the National... More

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dcranky81
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There is so much history here! I suggest starting in the visitor's center and touring the building. There is a small fee, but it is well worth it. There is a short video I suggest viewing before walking through as it gives even more history and enlightens objects in the building. There is history of the U.S. Marshals, Native Americans,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very informative,Not very well mapped out however. Couldn't go inside and tour because we were traveling with our pet. The trail along the river was so beautiful and quiet. My favorite part.

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a very cool historical site. From the gallows, to the buildings, to the old foundations, to the trail of tears it was a very informative and interesting visit. Admission is free with the exception of the upstairs in the main building. Staff was very friendly. A nice little gift shop and restrooms are also located in the main... More

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