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Landmarks

  • Fort Smith National Historic Site, the most prominent landmark, which includes the remains of the original 1817 fort on the Arkansas River. Inside is the restored courtroom of the famed "Hangin' Judge" Isaac C. Parker, and the dingy frontier jail aptly named "Hell on the Border."

  • Fort Smith Museum of History, almost adjacent to the National Historic Site the museum contains numerous exhibits, displays and artifacts that tell the story of Fort Smith's colorful history - from the first fort in 1817, through the westward expansion, and on to the Civil War, the Gay Nineties, Fort Chaffee, and the emergence of a modern city

  • Belle Grove Historic District, a 22-block area in downtown Fort Smith comprised nearly 25 restored homes that span 130 years of varying architectural styles.

  • Miss Laura’s Social Club, a former brothel and the only remaining building from the Row, is home to the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau and the only former house of prostitution on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Fort Chaffee, primarily used as a training facility by regional National Guard and Reserve Corps units as well as active military units from other installations. Elvis Presley did his basic training here.

  • Ed Walker's Restaurant, home of what is believed to be the biggest hamburger sold in the state of Arkansas.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN AND AROUND FORT SMITH

Fort Smith National Historic Site
Trail of Tears Overlook
Massard Prairie Battlefield Park
Devil's Backbone Battlefield
Fort Smith Civil War Sites
Fort Smith Museum of History
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
Fort Smith National Cemetery
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