Fort Smith Museum of History, Fort Smith

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The mission of the Fort Smith Museum of History is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret objects of historical significance relevant to the founding and growth of Fort Smith and the region.

Visitors may view a time line of Fort Smith history including artifacts belonging to John Rogers, Benjamin Bonneville, Judge Isaac C Parker and William O. darby, founder of the Darby's Rangers in World War II. A 1920's soda fountain offers old fashioned ice cream sodas, floats and sundaes. Learn about U. S. Marshal Bass Reeves and African American history in Fort Smith. View a saddle that belonged to outlaw Belle Starr
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  • They have done a good job of taking a step back in time from the optometry office to the soda shop to the court room of “the hanging judge”. The best part was the Darby exhibit. A true hero and was ni...  more »
  • An old town with a rich history - learn about Alphonso Trent, Bass Reeves, William Darby, and of course "Hangin' Judge" Parker.  more »
  • This is an interesting museum of American history with a focus on Ft Smith and the surrounding area. Maybe just because I'm a history buff but I think this is a good museum with lots of neat exhibits ...  more »
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  • The best place to visit if you're interested in the history of that town.
  • Great place to learn more about Ft. Smith and the best place to see an old soda fountain and get a great Root beer float and ice cream.
  • An incredible step back in time. This museum is very well put together. Worth a visit!
  • Nice, clean museum full of local history.
  • Very interesting. My boyfriend and i had a blast looking around and learning

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