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Fort Smith - Fort Smith National Historic Site

301 Parker Avenue

Fort Smith National Historic Site embraces the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Through a recent multi-million dollar rehabilitation project the historic courthouse and jail building have been restored and now include a visitor’s center. You can visit the “Hell on the Border” jail, “Hangin’ Judge” Isaac C. Parker’s courtroom and see the gallows where justice came at the end of a rope. Numerous exhibits and videos also focus on U.S. Deputy Marshals and outlaws, Federal Indian policy, and the Trail of Tears. The center also contains a bookstore and auditorium.The history of the Fort Smith area abounds with tales of heroism, battles, and social justice. Walk where soldiers drilled, reflect along the Trail of Tears overlook, and stand where justice was served and carried out. There are many individuals who made history at Fort Smith, and their actions and attitudes can serve both as inspiration and lessons learned.



Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Super fun and interesting. We first saw a detailed video of the history of the town and it was very informative. We then saw the jail where they used to keep all of the criminals. It was very interesting. My two favorite parts were seeing Hanging Judge Parker's court room and the Gallows. To think that thousands of people were hung and killed there is just unbelievably sad and very cool at the same time. I would recommend a visit to this place for anyone of any age and gender.


Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Very cool to see. Only problem was the buildings and gallows were locked due to the recent Gov issues. Still lots to see. Nice walk. Beautiful scenery. Lots of cool history.

Geordy MacDougall

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
I actually stopped here because I was looking for a place to picnic off of I-40. So it turned out to be a good place to stop for lunch. It was only a few minutes off of the interstate. And offered some interesting history and a good place to get in a walk before getting back on the highway. Everything was clean and everyone was helpful and nice.


Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
I didn't enter any buildings, but the monuments were done well. The walkways and park were well kept up. Very relaxing for jogging, taking your dog and Pokemon stops.

Barbra Johnson

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
It was an awesome visit. History was everwhere. The people there that spoke with us were very knowledgeable.

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