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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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The scenery was breathtaking. Beautiful lake. We were riding so didn't get to do boating. Well worth the drive through

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Kirbyville, Texas
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Kirbyville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The scenery was breathtaking. Beautiful lake. We were riding so didn't get to do boating. Well worth the drive through

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located in Fort Smith Arkansas close to the Oklahoma border, this site is managed by the National Park Service. It is a very educational and entertaining piece of American history. Even though their are only two original buildings remaining (the barracks & the commissary): it still does a good job of presenting the history and heritage of this fort. Worth... More 

Thank Greg B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Whether you are interested in Judge Parker history, the Old West, the Trail of Tears or The old fort, you'll learn much from the knowledgeable park guides. I suspect the biggest attraction is Judge Parker's courtroom and the nearby gallows.

Thank Pat M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed this tour of the fort. The old jail with the blankets on the floor were chilling to see. This building had been used for many rings through the years.

Thank Barbie K
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Co-worker took me here right after lunch. A small park, but good walking trails, along with the gallows used back in the days! Will return!

Thank George B
Anaheim, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice 20 minute video. Grounds are lovely. We were there close to closing and so couldn't see all of the attraction. Old Paddy wagon outside was fun!

Thank Leslie G
Graford, Texas
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here from highway signage. It turned out to be a very interesting, historical site. Well maintained grounds and facilities. Take time to watch the video and walk through all the buildings. Great tour for all ages.

1 Thank rbjpk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The National Park Service has done a great job of preserving the history of the fort. The federal court of Isaac C. Parker was very interesting. The gallows though a part of history caused dark feelings.

Thank Donnagay1d
Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eye opening to see what prisoners experienced, back in the day. Informative docents. See a replica of The Hanging Judge's gallows. Walk the grounds where history happened.

1 Thank Marlena Z
Graniteville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered that Fort Smith was on our route so we decided to stop. The displays were really interesting and well laid out. We learned the history of the Fort, the Trail of Tears, and later the court system that was here. I love the Junior Park Ranger workbooks for the kids because it keeps them involved in the experience... More 

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