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Fort Smith National Historic Site

301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
+1 479-783-3961
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Frontier justice

$14 for 2 adults. Justice in the West. There's several restored buildings. The main one is the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ccindyk48
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Westville, Indiana
Hang’em High

Welcome to Fort Smith:) Old time justice handed out back in the day at this location:) Loved the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jayjay099
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Cartersville, Georgia
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301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
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"lots of history"
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"federal court"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

$14 for 2 adults. Justice in the West. There's several restored buildings. The main one is the jail/barracks. The basement has the "hell on Earth" jail. Upstairs is the new & improved jail. Judge Parker's courtroom. A large display of the Trail Of Tears. The...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Welcome to Fort Smith:) Old time justice handed out back in the day at this location:) Loved the simple Fort grounds, so much history to just take in:) The people back in the day that walked these grounds:) and those who met the rope. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the history of Fort Smith. More time would have been useful to explore the Trail of Tears and Indian territory on the other side of the Arkansas state line.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was in Ft. Smith for business, and happened across this historic site. Very well curated and surprisingly reverent in its treatment of the history and significance of events that took place here. It’s free, with well maintained grounds and super knowledgeable NPS staff. Take...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Old buildings, gallows, Trail of Tears, so worth learning about and exploring. Nice paved paths and many signs ( some with audio) explaining the area.Dog friendly excussion.

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

The visitors center video and ranger guided tour were very worth while. We learned a lot about Oklahoma prior to state hood (lawlessness), and the forced movement of the American Indian tribes from the Eastern U.S. (trail of tears) to Oklahoma.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We started out with a short video, explaining the history of the fort. It was originally built to prevent warring between early Native american Nations who have settled in the area. As time progressed, it later became a regional Federal court and a person of...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This historic site has it all. There is an introductory movie, interactive exhibits, very engaging displays and descriptions, etc., etc. This is a highly informative and effective telling of the history of the area, building and peoples of Arkansas. Thank you National Park Service for...More

Thank rockstem
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

The museum and the displays around the grounds do a very good job of presenting and interpreting the role Fort Smith played in American expansion and in Indian/army activities. The trail through the grounds and to the river is wheelchair friendly and offers good access...More

Thank Edge W
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

This is a smaller historic site. The introductory film was interesting, and the displays upstairs were informative. My favorite part was the jail room, which was one big room in the basement. Take the short walk to the old fort site along the Arkansas river...More

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