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Fort Smith National Historic Site

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A must visit

This fort shows how horrifying the policies on the indeginous people it has been. It is a great... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
United States
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Lots of history

If you are a history buff like me, you’ll love this place. The grounds are kept neat and clean and... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Paris, Texas
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301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

This fort shows how horrifying the policies on the indeginous people it has been. It is a great place to learn the history. If you ask, the knowledgeable staff will show you the books with author's autograph.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

If you are a history buff like me, you’ll love this place. The grounds are kept neat and clean and the builds are in good order. The displays inside are very descriptive and easy to read. The staff was very helpful and courteous. This is...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

I had been here decades ago and they have really expanded the exhibits and the tour into a very comprehensive review of the history of the Fort, the court and especially the story of The Trail of tears and the Nations. There is much detail...More

1  Thank RoadLiving1975
Reviewed 11 June 2018

If you are in Fort Smith take the time to visit this historical site. You can see the history of the original military fort, info about the hanging Judge Parker, the gallows and see the view point for a part of the Trail of Tears.

Thank dnymud
Reviewed 8 June 2018

We had a couple of hours to kill, and were recommended to visit here, and we are So glad that we did. To hear about the history of the area was really enlightening, made all the better by listening and talking to Marty whose knowledge...More

Thank NigelLiz
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Great preservation of both indian and our countries history. Plus the lawlessness of the area and judge Parker.

1  Thank melissan170
Reviewed 5 June 2018

This is a wonderful National Park that preserves a very important era of Arkansas — when it was a frontier state. The main building has a great museum upstairs and visitors can walk through actual prisoner quarters downstairs. You can even experience what it was...More

1  Thank jillianjh
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Lots of detailed information, good selection of artifacts. Workers are knowledgeable. There is plenty to see here, mostly inside and also some outside.

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 22 May 2018

$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

Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 21 May 2018 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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Yes we seen some and they had no problem i think you have to clean up the mess is all