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Fort Smith National Historic Site

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Address: 301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
Phone Number: 479-783-3961
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Beautiful!

there were a lot of things to see and just walking around at beautiful park was so much fun. it wasn't small park. a couple of historic buildings outside, riverside walk, old... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

there were a lot of things to see and just walking around at beautiful park was so much fun. it wasn't small park. a couple of historic buildings outside, riverside walk, old trains and visitor center was nice and clean.... this is a worth visiting spot with beautiful views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked around the outside buildings and went on the river walk. This is a nice stop to enjoy the river scenery and do some walking. Some signage present.

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Thank Tammy T
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in Fort Smith my hole life and love the Historic Site. My family and i walk our dog here several times a week. I always feel safe and you can always find something new to see.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great place. National Park service so admission was free with our Annual Pass. Lots of history of our country's most famous outlaws and Judges. Beautiful grounds to walk around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I walked over from visiting the new art from the Unexpected Project; he has lived here all his life and had never been to this site. I love this area; great history and a beautiful setting. Get out there and enjoy!

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Thank Laurie S
Batesville, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice and quite interesting. The man in charge, Lynn Reed, a volunteer with the National Park Service is knowledgeable and easy to talk with. The walk out to the overlook is scenic.

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Fort Smith Historical site is a very unique place. It started out as an army fort on the western frontier of the ever expanding United States and ended up being the bastion of law and order under the famous "Hanging Judge" Parker. The barracks, parade grounds, Judge Parker's courtroom and the gallows are still there. The gallows gave me... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent docent who gave a great tour with lots of little details that made it fun. Did not visit the rest of the area as it was too hot and humid but did drive around to spot some of the historical houses. Pretty amazing place in its heyday.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this site which lies on the banks of the Arkansas River which forms the west side of the park. To the east is the downtown area of Fort Smith. At the entrance is a statue of Bass Reeves, an African American Deputy U. S. Marshal, who was appointed by Isaac Parker (better known as the hanging judge).... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing better than a couple of hours strolling in the sun in a park beside the Arkansas river. There were information boards with enough information to kindle an interest and to reveal how shockingly the native Americans who were sent on the Trail of Tears were treated. It was very sensitively treated. There were also details of other aspects of... More 

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