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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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Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A lot of early America Wild West. For Seniors or people with disabilities it is free with a National Park pass you can get online. You also can bring in 3 or 4 free with these passes. Good time....

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North Little Rock, Arkansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We stopped by this National Site on our way to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving. My children enjoyed the visit. Their ages ranged from 5 to 10. We watched the video and walked throughout the exhibits. My children's favorite spot was the jail. They found it very interesting. They were able to earn their Junior Ranger Badge fairly easily. We stayed less... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

on the Arkansas river experience the frontier way of life from the hanging judge to the trail of tears. spend an hour or a day. Well worth the stop.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I was in Ft. Smith for most of a week and I had time to explore the area. The historic site is well maintained, beautiful, interesting, and walkable. If you are interested in the "Old West", it started across the river from this site.

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Carterville, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This was an interesting stop with lots of history about the forced removal of the American Indians from their home lands. There is also info about Judge Parker (The Hanging Judge). We visited the museum, watched the short film and walked the grounds. There is a paved trail so it is easy walking. Allow a couple of hours as there... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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465 reviews 465 reviews
132 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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