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Places of Interest

Surrounding Area (Fort Smith)
Altus Heritage House Museum Franklin and Main Sts.
This historic 1800s German-American style bank building houses early coal mining equipment
and unique local history memorabilia.
(479) 468-1310

Coal Miner's Statue and Memorial Altus City Park, Franklin St.
Five granite memorials and a bronze statue of a coal miner pays tribute to the coal miners of
District.21 .    (479) 468-4191 or (479) 468-4684

Mount Bethel Winery
5014 Mount Bethel Dr Off Hwy 64 E.
Tours and tastings. (479) 468-2444

Post Familie Vineyard
1700 St. Mary's Mountain Rd.
Founded in 1880, this winery offers tours, tastings, and a gift shop.
(479) 468-2741

St. Mary's Catholic Church
5132 St. Mary's Ln.
This historic Roman Basilica style church is known for original paintings by Fridolin Fuchs.
There are 29 beautiful stained-glass windows. The altar and frescoes are covered in gold leaf.
(479) 468-2585 or (479) 468-4684

Wiederkehr Wine Cellars
Hwy 186 South Off 1-40 Exit 41, Wiederkehr Village
learn about Swiss winemaking traditions and heritage at this mountaintop winery. Tours, tastings,
award winning wines, special events, annual wine festival.
(479) 468-9463

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Rd.
located in the fertile Arkansas River Valley, the center focuslJs on the wide variety of animals and
birds that live in the area. But there are also Canadian geese and other migrating song birds. In
addition to the many exhibits in the center, the surrounding grounds offer trails and native plants
as well as canoeing Qnd fishing in lake Wells.   (479) 452-3993


John Paul McConnel Memorabilia Room Logan County Library, 419 N Kennedy. Features a
collection of medals, photographs and other mementos belonging to the former Air Force Chief
of Staff.     (479) 675-2735

South Logan County Courthouse
366 N Broadway Ave. Houses historic records dating from 1901.(479) 675·3744


Alfonso Trent House
1301 North 9th St.
Boyhood home of the famed AfricannAmerican musician and band leader. (Private.)

Bell Grove Historic District
Covering a 22-block area, the District features nearly 25 restored homes spanning 130 years of
architectural styles. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Convention
& Visitors Bureau has information on self-guided walking tours and driving tours. (479) 783-8888

Bonneville House
318 North 7th
This circa 1870 fully restored Victorian Renaissance home was once owned by the widow of
General Benjamin Bonneville.   (479) 782·7854

Casper Reutzel Haus
423 North 5th
The circa 1850 house is one of the city's oldest. Gunports are still visible under the porch. (Private).

Clayton House
514 N 6th St.
This classic 1882 Victorian Renaissance baroque mansion has been fully restored and is furnished
with Clayton family belongings and period pieces. (479) 783-3000

The Darby House
311 General Darby St. (North 8th St).
Visit the boyhood home of the famed leader of Darby's Rangers. The unique collection includes
personal mementos, Rangers' memorabilia, tributes to Darby and items from Fort Smith's sister
city in Italy. (479) 782-3388

Fort Chaffee Hwy
22 East of Fort Smith.
Elvis Presley began basic training at this Army facility in 1958. (479) 452-4554

Fort Smith Air Museum
Fort Smith Regional Airport Terminal,
6700 McKennon Blvd.
The history of aviation in this area is preserved in an extensive variety of exhibits that focus on
the pioneer and military aviators from the area including the 188th Air National Guard and the
Fort Smith Civil Air Patrol.
(479) 785·1839

Fort Smith Art Center
423 N 6th St
located in the gracious circa 1857 Victorian Second-Empire style Vaughn-Schaap House, the
Center features galleries of fine paintings, sculptures, and porcelain as well as the works of
local artists and special exhibits. (479) 784·ARTS

Fort'Smith Convention Center
55 South 7th St.
located in the historic downtown area, the Center is the site of boat, RV, gun, arts and craft
shows as well as live performances and other special events. (479) 788-8932
Box Office (479) 788-8982

Fort Smith Historic District
Garrison Ave and 5th St.
The restored historic area includes late 1800s architecture, shops, offices, apartments and an
interpretive trolley tour. (479) 783·8888

Fort Smith Little Theatre
40 1 North Sixth St.
Organized in 1948, Arkansas' oldest all-volunteer theater group offers six regular productions
and several special performances each year that include a variety of familiar and contemporary
musicals, comedies and dramas. (479) 783-2966

Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Av.
Unique exhibits, displays and artifacts trace the story of Fort Smith's colorful history from the
first fort in 1817 through the westward expansion, on to the Civil War, the Gay Nineties, Fort
Chaffee, and the emergence of a modern city.  (479) 783-7841 or (479) 783-7848

Fort Smith National Cemetery
522 Garland at South 6th St.
Granted national status in 1867, this 21-acre cemetery contains almost 10,000 graves including
Judge Isaac Parker, "Darby's Rangers" founder William Darby, Major William Bradford,
Confederate and unknown soldiers. (479) 783·5345

Fort Smith National Historic Site
3rd St & Rogers Av.
The site includes the remains of the original 1817 Fort as well as the 1838 commissary building,
barracks, courthouse, jail, gallows, and historical exhibits including "Hangin' Judge" Parker's
restored gallows.
(479) 783-3961 www.nps,gov/fosm

Fort Smith River Park
5301 Clayton Expressway.
This popular park for outdoor recreatibn also includes a pavilion, an amphitheatre, and an
events building.  (479) 784-2368

Fort Smith Trolley Bus
Miss Laura's Visitor Center,
2 North B St. Come aboard for a trolley tour of the City's sites.
(479) 783-8888

Fort Smith Trolley Museum
100 S 4th St.
The collection includes old railroad passenger cars, engines, old Fort Smith buses, and other
transportation artifacts. A fully-restored 1926 electric streetcar makes regular half-mile runs
between the National Cemetery and Main Street. (479) 783-0205

Grand Slam Fun Center
5300 South Zero.
Fun for all ages. Miniature golf, go-earts, a driving range, batting cages for baseball and sokball.
(479) 648-8805

J. M. Sparks Home
201 North 14th St.
This 1887 Romanesque Victorian style home is now a restaurant. (479) 785-2292

John Rogers Home
400 N 8th St
See one of the oldest homes in Fort Smith, built in the early 1840s by one ofthe city's founders.
(479) 782-9014

Miss La~ra's Visitor Center
#2 North B. St.
Discover an ornate and unique part of Fort Smith's more colorful past. This 1898 former bordello,
which became one of the most celebrated in the Southwest, was the first brothel to be listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. (479) 783-8888

Oak Cemetery
Dodson And Greenwood Avenues.
This30-acre cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among the more than
14,000 graves are deputy marshals, US marshals, Fort Smith mayors, Confederate soldiers, and
28 men who were ordered to be hanged by Judge Parker. (479) 784-2375

St., Anne's Convent
Rogers Av.
The 1906 'French Renaissance Chateau-style convent is the only one of this style lek in the state .. '

Zalchary Taylor's Chimney
North 13th and Garrison Ave on the North Grounds of Immaculate' Conception Church
The remains of Zachary Taylor's home.


Coal Miners Memorial
Located Southeast of the Town Square. Features a bronze statue of a coal miner, an authentic
coal car, and two granite walls containing the names of thousands of Sebastian County miners.
(479) 996-6357

Old Jail Museum Located South of the Town Square. This 1892 jail houses Sebastian County
artifacts.   (479) 996-6357

Vineyard Cabin Located Near the Old Jail Museum. Restored 1848 cabin. (479) 996-6357


Artist Point Scenic Byway
71.8 Miles North of Mountainburg.
Explore "The Grand Canyon of the Ozarks". Trails, scenic views, gik shop and museum.
(479) 369-2226

Scenic Byway 71
North of the Arkansas River.
Don't miss the scenic views from the highest peaks in the Ozarks. Recreation areas, shopping,
antiques, lodging and restaurants.

City of Ozark Discover National Historic sites including the Old Jail Building, First Methodist
Church, the North Franklin County' Courthouse and the Depot Museum.
(479) 667-2525

Ozark Bridge
Hwy 23 South. Classified as one of the 16 most beautiful bridge structures in the nation.
(479) 667-2525

Pig Trail Scenic Byway
Hwy 23 Between Ozark and Brashears.
19 scenic miles traverse the rugged Boston Mountains.
(479) 968-2354

White Rock Mountain
Northwest of Ozark.
Camping, hiking, rugged mountain scenery, spectacular bluffs, panoramic views, and an
observation point.   (479) 667-2191 PARIS

Cowie Wine Cellars
J 01 N Carbon City Rd.
Features tours, tastings, and the Arkansas Historic Wine Museum. Come for a history lesson
and an educational look at wine and the wine makers. (479) 963-3990


Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company
600 Main St.
This circa 1892 building still bears the company's "A and Eagle" trademark.

Arkansas & Missouri R.ailroad
Old Frisco Depot,
813 Main St.
All aboard for a scenic mountain excursion. An authentic 19th century railroad passenger car
travels over high trestles, mountain streams, and through a mountain tunnel. (479) 751-8600

Center for Art and Education
104 N 13th St.
located in an 1912 church, the Center 'provides a nurturing and challenging environment for
local artists. It hosts competitions, outreach programs, special exhibits, and qrt classes for all ages.
(479) 474-7767

Crawford County Bank Building
633 Main St.
The circa 1889 building housed the city's first bank.

Crawford County Courthouse
300 Main St.
This 1842 building is the "oldest working courthouse west of the Mississippi". (479) 474-1312

Doll Museum
701 Main St.
Over 2,500 dolls including Madame Alexander, character and political figure dolls.
(479) 474-2185

Fairview Cemetery
Fayetteville Rd
The final resting place of Confederate soldiers who fell during the Battle of Van Buren and one
of the oldest Christian cemeteries in the Southwest.    (479) 474-2761

King Opera House
427 Main St.
This 1891 landmark building features a variety of theater performances and special events
throughout the year.      (479) 474·2426

VAN BUREN Main Street Historic District
Main St from Water to 8th St.
Step back in time. The district includes over 70 historic buildings that are listed on the National Historic
Register as well as galleries and shops. (479) 474·2761

Old Frisco Depot
8 13 Main St
The 1901 depot houses the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce. (479) 474·2761

River Valley Museum.
Old Frisco Depot, 813 Main St.
Features a unique and interesting collection of city history.    (479) 474-2761

Van Buren Walking Tour
Old Frisco Depot, 813 Main St
Explore Van Buren. Take an interesting self·
guided tour featuring 52 stops.     (479) 474·2761


Blythe's Museum
635 N Main St
See a collection of Native American and pioneer artifacts as well as historical pictures.
(479) 637-3730

Truman Baker Park
Hwy 71. Voted the most photogenic park in the U. S.

Wiederkehr Wine Cellars
Hwy 186 South Off /-40 Exit 41, Wiederkehr Vi/lage.
Discover Swiss winema king traditions and heritage at this mountaintop winery. Tours, tastings,
award winning wines, special events, annual wine festival. (479) 468·9463


Cavanal Hill
West Off US 59/271
Enjoy the view from the world's highest hill, 1,999 feet high. (918) 647·9178

Kerr Country Mansion/ Conference Center and Museum SW of Poteau.
Off US 59. Once owned by the late Senator and Governor Robert S Kerr, the home features
historical exhibits including items from the Spiro Mounds site. There is also a reproduction
of the late Senator's Washington office.   (918) 647·8221


Sequoyah's Home Historical Site
Hwy 101.
Site of the cabin built by Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee alphabet. The 1829 log cabin is
one of the oldest in Oklahoma. See farm implements hand made by Sequoyah.
(918) 775-2413


Spiro Mounds Archeological Park
2 Y2 Miles East & 3 1/2 Miles North of Spiro on WD Mayo Lock and Dam. Rd
Discover twelve earthen mounds built by the . Caddoan Indians between 840 and 1450 A.D.
The state's only archaeological park also has an Interpretive Center with artifacts and displays
including valuables that were buried with the deceased. (918) 962-2062


Talimena Scenic Drive
Ouachita National Forest. This officially designated State Scenic Byway offers 54 miles of
spectacular views and scenery. It connects Talihina, Oklahoma with Mena, Arkansas. Enjoy
canoeing, whitewater rafting, trout fishing and historical sites along the way. (918) 567·3434