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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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Lots of things to see and learn

This was a great stop for us. The place is very very interesting. Students will really enjoy this place. learn a lot of history and the sufferings of the people. The site has a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Bengaluru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This was a great stop for us. The place is very very interesting. Students will really enjoy this place. learn a lot of history and the sufferings of the people. The site has a museum. a park .gallow where people were hung, and many many historic points. There is a huge park neatly maintained, picnic tables and well manicured lawn... More 

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Prattville, Alabama
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is not for the young, it tells a sad story of death and the deeps of human cruelty. Something we must all remember to prevent it from happening again. I did not realize how terrible it was for all back in the day. On the flip side, it also shows the courage of people who did create a change,... More 

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Lavaca, Arkansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The Fort Smith National Historic Site is a eye-opening experience to the history on the border of the western frontier. Fantastic displays and wonderful people make this a place to enjoy again and again.

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Bellmore, New York
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107 reviews 107 reviews
50 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Who knew that this was here?! I didn't! Thank you AAA travel book. Great history on the trail of tears and Indian territory/westward expansion. Some original buildings, a $4 museum, and definitely worth a stop.

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Gan Yavne,, Israel
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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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
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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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