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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 little bit of the Old West

The Fort Smith National Historic Site has a long history. From being a frontier fort to the courtroom and jail for Judge Isaac Parker the "Hanging Judge", the history of Indian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Fort Smith National Historic Site has a long history. From being a frontier fort to the courtroom and jail for Judge Isaac Parker the "Hanging Judge", the history of Indian Territory comes to life in the small but rich atmosphere. For those who love the movies of "True Grit" this is a must stop.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

"Hangin' Judge Parker" is one of the most famous in history, and you get to walk in his courtroom, see the jail and gallows where many famous outlaws were. And Ft. Smith is one of the most famous historical sites in this area, where the Cherokee Trail of Tears ended, and many civil war men were trained for famous battles.... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed walking around the site after a dinner downtown. It is all very well kept. There is a lot of interesting history on display. Worth a look if around there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We toured this area after we went to the museum so we had a little background on what we were going to see. They have signs that explain what every building is. The best part is the 37 star flag on the large mast in the main area.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We drove around for a while, then decided to get out and just sit. No words spoken. Just silence. Beautiful place.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Beautiful place to just relax and enjoy your family or spouse. Places to sit and have a picnic and there are concrete walkways. very beautiful setting

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great to see the history. Very nice staff and a great museum. Spent 2 hours there easily. Be sure to check out the Gallows and the store room located on the far edge of the property.

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fort smith, AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

See Judge Parker's gallows & jail and the old fort which housed the US Army in the 1800's. Downtown near the river with plenty of free parking, but be prepared to walk a block, as things are spread out. Don't forget to get a discount pass if you are a senior citizen or disabled veteran.

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Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

You could spend a little or a lot of time here. Lots of info, great displays. My daughter did the Junior Ranger book and had fun doing it. The Rangers were super friendly and helpful. Great place to stop.

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Huntington, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Before you go, watch True Grit, either version, and you will understand the area a lot better, unless you are an american history buff already. Lots of interesting history in the area. Grounds are great for a walkabout, but museum is better.

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