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Fort Smith National Historic Site, Fort Smith

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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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  • Perfect place to take visiting family. Good for children and adults. Very educational and beautiful scenery. Great walking area.  more »
  • Worth a visit. Grounds offer a park stroll with educational signs telling of the first Ft. Smith. On the grounds of the second Ft. Smith is a museum in the old army barracks building. It has nice educ...  more »
  • Not only a pretty site, but very historical. And educational. One could take an hour or so, or spend an entire day just soaking up the history of the old west of the Oklahoma/Arkansas Territory. Every...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful location on the banks at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers. A site that is truly rich with history.
  • I really enjoy getting to visit this piece of history. It's always kept clean whenever I visit too.
  • So interesting and well presented. Walk the grounds and enjoy the views of the river and the history of the place.