Fort Smith Trolley Museum

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Mythlandia
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico145 contributions
Couples
We had walked around Fort Smith with little success in finding out about the history, but stumbled on the the trolley ride at the museum. This was a must experience time with both the trolly and the guide being first rate.
Although-due to Covid-we were the only passengers on the Trolley, we still got a trolley tour and Fort Smith experience second to none. Our guide was knowledgable and entertaining and we spent over an hour on board.
I was lucky to be selected to drive the trolly on the way back: he only offered the opportunity to two of the two of us!
This took our experience in Fort Smith from enjoyable to wonderful. Please do try this ride.
Written October 10, 2020
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Sherman S
Poteau, OK8 contributions
Couples
Rode the trolley connected to the Trolley Museum with grandkids last year. Although it was hot, the enjoyed the ride and the exhibits. For a very low fee you can ride several blocks in a restored 1930's? trolley. Sights include the Bass Reeves statue and the National Cemetery. Our "engineer" was well-informed , entertaining and with a sense of humor. Volunteers restore and maintain the trolley collection and some railroad items. Well worth the ride.
Written June 21, 2014
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SueFromWinnipeg
Winnipeg, Canada422 contributions
Couples
The Fort Smith Trolley is a real hoot and an exceptional experience. A rattling, clackly, wobbly, informative ride into Fort Smith history.

A unique opportunity to experience yet another memorable slice of Arkansas and Fort Smith history. If a ride on a 90 year old trolley isn’t enough, there are well done historical presentations done along the route covering local experiences such as Bass Reeves, the Trail of Tears, the Fort Smith trolley system, and the National Cemetery. The $4 fare is way too cheap for the value provided on this rolling show and tell. The time and talent that goes into this operation is clearly exceptional but, when you add in the fact that all of the workers are volunteers, this shines as a truly outstanding operation.

The Trolley ride is the perfect introduction to the Trolley Museum which is an honest reflection of the sense of pride and history of the people of Fort Smith. Local artisans are busy working away on faithful restorations of a line of trolley cars that cover the trolley running days of this historic town. The museum is cluttered, crowded, dirty and totally fascinating. Not a square inch of wasted space anywhere that isn't being used for this project, that restoration, or storage of an irreplaceable part. Somehow dedicated volunteers bring new life to former chicken coops, kitchens, and abandoned derelict trolley cars and through nothing but talent and thousands of hours of hard work, create shiny, functional museums on wheels. Far more impressive than a museum with static displays, this wonder shows the work that goes into the creation of those perfect slices of a previous time. Being shown the thousands of screw holes in the floor boards and then have the volunteer show you the drill he used to create every one of them is exactly what isn't seen or appreciated when icons end up in a glass display case.

Working hard to move the past into today to be appreciated tomorrow is what Fort Smith is all about and the Trolley Museum captures this in one fascinating package.

A great introduction and overview of Fort Smith history in a very compact package. Highly recommended for new visitors and for anyone who hasn’t year had the chance to sample a wobbly slice of local history. While you won't get a chance to run the controls, ask real nice and you might be able to get to step on the bell button.
Written April 11, 2017
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Rebecca H
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Family
I guess we should’ve realized riding trolley wasn’t good idea when driver drove past us as we waited to board at History museum even though 6 of us were standing by boarding sign around 2pm 5/29/21. Had to wait 20 minutes for him to come back & flagged him down. We boarded & set for over 15 minutes listening to him ramble about Geronimo being drunk, falling off horse & into mud puddle in Lawton, OK & drowning bc no one helped him. Also told of man from Tyler, TX who almost hung himself bc he put head in noose at Hanging Judge’s gallows and had to go to hospital. Had a 4 year old & 12 year old with us. After 3rd cuss word, we got off trolley & told him all we had wanted to do was ride trolley without the language. He laughed, but did get trolley moving after we got off. Left a msg for trolley owner 5/29/21. Left a msg at trolley museum 6/1 & again 6/3. Owner finally called 6/3. Said someone else had complained that day but that he’d visited with everyone else and they’d enjoyed the ride. I’m not sure how he managed to visit with everyone else bc they don’t take name/phone # when you board. I’m sure riding the trolley would’ve been fun but we never even moved a foot down the tracks. Thankfully it was only $18 and not a lot of money lost bc owner certainly didn’t offer to make it right. He only said he’d talked to driver before about talking too much.
Written June 5, 2021
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David W
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Friends
We came to the trolley museum and we walked in. The smell of cat pee would knock you down.
The museum is not existing as there are only a hand full displays. There were a few cats not sure on how many. But it was rough smelling

The trolly ride its self was good and got some info.
Written October 28, 2021
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MJGoldfarb
Tarpon Springs, FL396 contributions
Solo
I arrived after the stated opening time but did not see anyone other than a grass cutter. The door to the trolley barn was open so I did get to see them but the door to the inside of the building was locked. I was able to see the outside exibits - small locomotives & cars.
Written September 2, 2018
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sjjs3189
69 contributions
Family
This was cute. We're not entirely sure if we actually saw the museum or not, since the part we went into was a little sketchy. There was another building that looked like it had a gift shop, but we never made it that far before the train came around and we hopped on. It was fun, but it's a short little ride. Our conductor was nice, and gave us information on the trolleys, how they worked and their history. It was cute, but the area itself needs a major reworking. It needs more signs and information, because as you walk up to it, you wonder if you're in the right place since no one is around and it looks like a field with train cars (and not trolleys). Still it was a fun little visit.
Written July 4, 2018
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kball04
Fort Smith, AR2 contributions
Solo
I drive the trolley #224 and we got the trolley from hot springs railway trolley #50 restored it on may 20 2016, it comes out some times sinse it is made 95% made of wood,and we got a track expandchon on may 20 2016 it is now one mile of track,it is $4.00 for people 19 and up 4 and under is free and it is $2.00 for kids 5 to 18 is is a great ride, you can pay by credtidet cards and cash on the trolley ,you pay the moderman of the trolley. it is a 30:00 min ride plus the history storys I am moderman #21
Written September 2, 2016
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Normanta
London, UK530 contributions
Friends
The museum only has a few cars but it has a striking gate guardian in the form of 2-8-2 steam loco that had been Frisco 4003 (St.Louis-San Francisco Railway). There was a rebuilt Birney car and we rode around the 1 mile length of track that stretches from the city bridge and National Memorial Site to the National Cemetery.
There are some silly store fronts masquerading as a western township. It's all a bit amateurish but quite charming.
There is a line of assorted rolling stock that might get overlooked if you are only looking at the streetcars. I found a box car which had been used as sleeper by the US forces, sleeping 28 enlisted men and a porter. At the end of the line is a small switcher in airforce blue. Look closely and you will find it belonged to the United States Air Force! How many knew that USAF had its own railroad?
Written May 5, 2016
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MARK D
48 contributions
Family
While in downtown Fort Smith, maybe after touring the Ft. Smith Historic Site, stop at the trolley museum. The conductors there can tell you true stories about the history of Fort Smith. Then take a ride on an authentic trolley, which will weave it's way to the National Cemetery and back. You will have so much fun, you will want to ride again.

Once you are finished with the trolley, you might want to step inside the museum at the trolley stop and have an ice cream float (if it's open) or head across Garrison to the Ferris Wheel and Carousel. Make sure to grab a burger at the Old Train car there!!
Written August 13, 2015
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