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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  • Beautiful area where two rivers meet. Lots of history here, it's easy to drift away to a time long gone. The old jail, the gallows and court house are impressive.The walking traiIs are well kept and.....  more »
  • We live a few hours away and found this site worthy of the drive to visit. We left with a much deeper understanding of the important role Fort Smith played in the shaping of our nation. We forgot our....  more »
  • I have it five because it went beyond the basic history park. For anyone who likes westerns or western books, this is a must. Judge Parker and the lone ranger (note that unlike the show, the real deputy was not a ranger, was more spectacular than show and was an African American). I was pleased to see that this was mentioned a few places. The red oaks are worth a picture and the little audio track at the gallows was interesting. Be sure to walk down to the river. Also be sure to visit miss Laura's place as well. It is right next door.
  • Had a great time, tour guide Ashley was awesome!!! Would highly recommend spending a couple hours here touring inside the visitor's center and grounds that have many educational opportunities.

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