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“Amazing!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Smith National Historic Site

Fort Smith National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Fort Smith
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Oklahoma City
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164 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

I had no idea there was so much going on at this little historic site. The grounds are well-maintained and the museum is awesome! We were lucky to be there on a perfect day (weather-wise) and had plenty of time to stroll the grounds.

Visited November 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Awesome Site!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

The Fort Smith National Historic Site is a well maintained museum and park complex. The grounds are very interesting with scenic views of the Arkansas River. The visitor center is very nice. The kids particulary enjoyed the gallows near the visitor center. Well worth a couple of hour visit!

Visited November 2012
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Monroe, Louisiana
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175 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“visiting history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

the park was well maintained, and there were plenty of information plaques at each sight. the staff inside was very helpful and full of knowledge about the area and events of the past.

Visited November 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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400 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Tells the story of the frontier through time...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Fort Smith has ben a historic site from the time of the Native Americans through the Civil War and into the American expansion westward. You must see the commissary building, the gallows from hanging Judge Parker, and make the hike to the original fort. It is worth the 2 minutes walk and is a very peaceful and beautiful site seeing the river and the woods. I would also recommend seeing the top floor of the museum which houses an excellent exhibit on the history of Fort Smith.

Visited October 2012
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great historical information”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is the site at the end of the Trail of Tears. The old fort of Fort Smith on the Arkansa River separated "Indian Territory" in Oklahoma from settler territory in Arkansas, but didn't keep the bandits at bay until the "Hanging Judge" made a point of cleaning up the area. The park interpreters are great, too!

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