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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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Broad vistas of history

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... read more

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

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 NEW via mobile

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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Saint Augustine, Florida
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We stopped by this Historic Site to fulfill our knowledge of the Cherokee Tribe and the "Trail of Tears". We have been to the Eastern Band of Cherokee and decided to really see where they went and how they got there. Not to much of a surprise, but our Government broke about 4-5 treaties and this is where many tribes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

This was a random stop that turned out to be quite memetable. Lots of history, great exhibit, and very knowledgable staff. The gallows were a little creepy, but seeing the jail and the history of the area was nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Stand in the same spot as all the Native Americans did when they were on the TRAIL OF TEARS. My children loved this place because they had room to run and also learned about the Native Americans long walk.

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Red Wing, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A great way to spend an afternoon, especially a chilly one! We were fortunate to have a volunteer for the NPS take us on a guided tour through the courthouse/prison museum. The gentleman was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the site. I learned quite a bit about the Ft. Smith area and its place in America's history.

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fort.smith, AR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

when the weather is nice this is a pleasant family day trip. This area is full of history. There is also a malt shop. When you've had enough history.

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