Fort Smith Museum of History, Fort Smith

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The mission of the Fort Smith Museum of History is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of Fort Smith and the surrounding 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 jazz musician Alphonso Trent and African American history in Fort Smith. View a saddle that belonged to outlaw Belle Starr and the courtroom of Judge Isaac C. Parker. A new exhibition, "On the Air" chronicles the history of radio and television broadcast in the region.
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  • A small museum with lots of artefact's and items collected over the years. Nice friendly staff to help with any questions. Well worth a visit to get to understand the history of the town and people.  more »
  • What they had was good. However it seemed more like a group of disconnected displays from a 1920s hotel, 1950s radio, woodworking tools, to a small telephone display. Basic history displays and done w...  more »
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  • This was great fun for my grandson and myself. Lots of wonderful stuff. The telephone section was awesome. The old fashioned soda fountain has some yummy treats. Great for a few hours of history and fun.
  • 1925 Ford, 1908 Buick, fire department water pumper were my husband's favorites. I enjoy the Hanging Judge Parker courtroom on second floor. The old soda fountain and electric trolley are nostalgic.

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