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Fort Smith National Historic Site, Fort Smith

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
At Fort Smith National Historic Site you can walk where soldiers drilled, pause along the Trail of Tears, and stand where justice was served. The park includes the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Judge Isaac C. Parker presided over the court for 21 years.
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  • We wandered around this site for about an hour...could of stayed in the area much longer but had to get on the road. It has great history and many interesting things to see. If in the area be sure to ...  read more »
  • The site is well curated and provides great information on each stage of the fort's history. The courthouse gives it a different aspect than many other forts in the NPS. Our four kids - ages 2 to 9 - ...  read more »
  • My husband and I enjoy touring historical places like forts and battlefields. We didn't know what to expect at Fort Smith, but it was an interesting tour. Much of it is outside so we were fortunate it...  read more »
  • Fort Smith is probably one of the less known historical sites in the U.S. Fort Smith was founded as a military outpost in the early 1800's. Hanging Judge Isaac C. Parker was a federal judge there for 21 years as part of the Western District of Arkansas. Judge Parker is famously mentioned in the book and subsequent movies True Grit starring John Wayne. A legendary U.S Marshal named Bass Reeves also who also worked for Judge Parker here. Bass Reeves was on the first African-American lawmen west of the Mississippi. Although he had no law enforcement experience, he spoke several Indian languages and knew the territory well. The grounds are well maintained and there are some nice displays at the museum. Because it is not well known, parking and access is easy.
  • Very informative site. Engaging and educational displays. You could easily spend half a day to a day taking it all in. Great collection of historic images and artifacts.The fort pulls all of this together to illustrate the complex and multilateral narrative unfolding in this region during the 19th century. They have a Jr Ranger program for the kids. Be sure to listen to Tom Ames Prayer on the way to the fort (Steve Earl). It'll set the stage for what you're about to take in.
  • Gorgeous land. Lots of history. Fun, talkative staff. The buildings are all original so it's really cool to see!
  • Absolutely amazing site to visit! Make sure you walk back to the river and see the beautiful view!
  • Very interesting national park. Great staff, very informative museum, and some nice walkways. It's also good for kids.
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