Fort Smith Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Fort Smith
    by lisa85202
  • Fort Smith
    by lisa85202

Fort Smith Things to Do

  • Executions at Fort Smith

    During the twenty-four years the federal executions took place in Fort Smith, eighty-seven men died on the gallows. While Judge Isaac C. Parker sat on the bench, 160 people, including four women, were sentenced to hang. Just over half received a reprieve from execution through pardons, commutations, reversals or acquittals on appeal, or death in...

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  • Ross Pendergraft Park

    The plaque reads:After spending his early years on an Arkansas farm and completing college, he joined the Donrey Media Group in 1948 as an advertisting saleman. As executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Group, he became an nationally known newspaper executive. He gave of his resources and time to improve the exonomic...

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  • Miss Laura's Social Club~Fort Smith...

    Miss Laura’s Visitor Center is a restored turn-of-the-century brothel that is now the city's official visitor center; interpretive tours discussing the building's colorful past and the history of the former Fort Smith "Row" of seven bordellos from the time prostitution was legal in the district. Miss Laura's Visitors Center was the first former...

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  • Ride a Historical Trolley~

    I was so excited to ride this little trolley. It's main boarding station is at the Fort Smith Museum of History. It was about $2 a person and the trolley engineers are all volunteers who have lovingly restored this wonderful pieces of history. The Trolley Engineers are tourguides and share the history of the local area. It takes you to Ross...

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  • Fort Smith Museum of History

    This to me is one of the nicest museums I have seen. Very detailed and so educational. They have so many wonderful artifacts and historical photo collections. A must to see if your in the area ever!!For over 100 years, we have been the "keeper and teller" of Fort Smith's rich and colorful history. Located in the 1907 Atkinson-Williams Warehouse...

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  • Union Occupation of Fort Smith

    On Sept. 1, 1863, U.S. troops under Gen. James Blunt seized Ft. Smith. It remained a Union post for the duration of the war. Fort Smith became a haven for white war refugees and former slaves, many of whom joined the Union army. Fort Smith troops fought in the 1864 Camden Expedition, but most local fighting focused on guerrilla units infesting the...

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  • Barracks, Courthouse, Jail

    The building in front of you is very much as it appeared in the 1890s. First built as military barracks, it was later converted for use as a courthouse and jail. Over time its appearance changed to accommodate different needs of the people using it. Compare these photographs to the building you see today. Notice clues of its former appearance by...

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  • The Fishback Block in 1872

    In 1870, ground was broken for the three-story Fishback Block on the site of Jeremiah Kannady's blacksmith shop which manufactured Bowie knives for the Confederate Army. The builder, future Gov. William Meade Fishback (1831-1903), named the 7,000 square foot third floor ballroom after his wife, Adelaide Miller Fishback. Adelaide Hall quickly became...

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  • W.J. Murphy - Eads Brothers Building in...

    The first mention of this property is from 1838 when it was part of the brickyard that manufactured bricks to build the second Fort Smith. In 1877 the City Hotel was built here. In 1897, identical buildings were constructed to house the W.J. Murphy Harness and Saddlery Company at 410-12 Garrison. In 1901, Charles and Louis Eads established Eads...

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  • Reynolds - Davis Wholesale Grocery...

    This facade is all the remains of the five story building occupied from 1907 to 1955 by Reynolds - Davis Wholesale Grocery Company. The building subsequently served Checker Transfer & Storage Company from 1957 thru 1988 as well as other tenants throughout its long history.A tornado ripped through downtown Fort Smith on the ill fated Sunday night of...

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  • Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves

    This statue was erected in 2012 as a result of growing awareness of the extraordinary service of Bass Reeves, an African-American former slave who became a highly respected Deputy U.S. Marshal. The deeds of African-American and Native American lawmen and citizens were often overlooked in standard history accounts for much of the 20th century. A...

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  • Bass Reeves - Lawman on the Western...

    Bass Reeves, a slave born in Arkansas and reared in Texas, rose to become one of the best known and effective deputy U.S. marshals to ride out of Fort Smith for Judge Isaac C. Parker. Recognized as one of the first African Americans commissioned as a federal lawman on the western frontier, Reeves was a master of disguise, expert with firearms, and...

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  • Fort Wall

    Security has always been a concern for the U.S. military. The army designed the second Fort Smith (1838-1871) as part of line of forts from Minnesota to Louisiana to separate the territory occupied by Native American tribes from that settled by American citizens. To provide protection in the event of an attack, military engineers called for the...

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  • The Gallows

    With the largest criminal jurisdiction of any federal court at the time, the Western District of Arkansas handled an extraordinary number of murder and rape cases. When a jury found defendants guilty in these capital cases, federal law mandated the death penalty. In Fort Smith, that meant an execution by hanging on a “crude and unsightly” gallows.A...

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  • The Commissary Storehouse

    This is the oldest building still standing in Fort Smith. Originally built as part of a larger fortification, over the years its appearance and use changed dramatically. The building held supplies used by explorers and soldiers, played a crucial role in two wars, and served as an office for Federal Judge Isaac C. Parker.Today the commissary is...

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Fort Smith Hotels

  • Homewood Suites Fort Smith

    7300 Phoenix Ave, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 72903, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Fort Smith Inn & Suites

    6500 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 72903-3950, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hampton Inn Fort Smith

    I've stayed here on several occasions while traveling to Fort Smith for work. Friendly service, nice...

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Fort Smith Restaurants

  • Awesome food~

    We walked along the main boulevard and came upon this place. So we stepped in and took in a sigh of relieve. What character and very relaxing. I loved all the neat things all over. It gave you something to look at and enjoy. The servers were friendly and when we got our food it was all good. I very neat place to try.

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  • Real Soda Fountain~

    Their soda foutain counter and backbar are reproductions based upon fixtures in the Mountainburg Drug Store, Mountainburg, Arkansas. The fountain equipment itself is from the 1940's and has been refurbished and donated for our use. Today they sell ice cream and fountain novelties made by the same two Fort Smith companies, Ward ice Cream and White...

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  • What a surprise in downtown Ft Smith!

    Delicious Latin food- Equador! Festive atmosphere, small restaurant, lots of fun! The bartender served great drinks. Who knew they would have such a great restaurant serving this unique blend of latin foods in this small town of Arkansas. I have visited on several occasions, and have never been disappointed. I will take a few pictures on my next...

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  • The best locally owed steak house around

    Mexican style steak house, wheelchair accessible, family oriented with tasteful decor. A place you would take a special someone for a romantic dinner or just sit at the spacious bar,make friends and chat. The steak is truly wonderful. I would recommend the Maravillas house dressing and steak sauce. The flavors come together with each bite. These...

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  • Eat Like as in Deer

    The food here is good and basic steak place. This one we did not eat in, but know the tradition A sirloin steak runs about $26-28 for 16 oz.

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  • Drive Inn and CAr SErvice

    It seemed pretty good. The real reason for stopping here is to drive up, and either turn on lights for service at the car, or walk in, or just shout. Looks like it has been here 40-50 years, and nothing has changed. Ham & cheese is what I had, so I guess this is example of the fare. It was good and like made back form the 1960's. The other menu...

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  • Cuban is Coming back

    It really was more like Mexican food rather than Cuban flavors. Yes, I know what Cuban is like; I was close many time when in Puerto Rico. NO pork with the hairs still on the skin. This was simply a southern style Mex restaurant being promoted as something else. Maybe we can now get to Cuba, but local flavor has a way to go. Had a chicken...

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  • Chinese is Plentiful and Cheap

    Overall it was a fairly good place to eat. Food was fresh and the receptionist was authentic in that she did not speak much English. I think some of the locals get their fix here in a "BIG" way because of the quantity' even beat me for out for plates consumed. The buffet had the full compliment of Chinese items to sample, appetizers, staple basics...

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  • Cuban, Vietnamese & Mexican Food Mecca!

    Fort Smith, a land of many influences. Although unknown to most outsiders (and many locals), the Army base, Ft. Chafee, in the city of Ft. Smith served as a haven and operations base for refugees from the Vietnam War in the 1970's and Castro's Cuba in the 1980's. Many of these folks hung around, and the food culture they created is incredible. Add...

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Fort Smith Nightlife

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    by frankcanfly Updated Jun 5, 2003

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    The country bar, where everyone for miles around comes to party.

    Note: since Fort Smith borders many 'dry' counties in Oklahoma, many people come from miles around just to party here. I had a great time here!

    Dress Code: You don't need any Western attire here, but you won't stand out if you wear it either.

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Fort Smith Shopping

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    by Yaqui Written Sep 9, 2012

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    We had to do some antique shopping. My sister bought things for her daughter and I just enjoyed window shopping. The place is huge and filled with all kinds of wonderful antiques needing a new home for someone to enjoy them.

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Fort Smith Off The Beaten Path

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    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 30, 2009

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    This was a real surprise to show up for what I thought would be going back in time for an era where I was in the military. Instead, the place is off limits, and says by way of barbed wire and signs it is a hazardous area, so not enter. Many of the barracks and buildings have been torn down now, but they left the boilers and chimneys. It looks like an old Roman ruin, of pillars standing as the past history-huh-kind of US style. They once had 76,000 acres of land and the fort held over 30,000+ troops in WWII and a build up and then again in Korean War. It also held German prisoners in WWII and Vietnamese in transition to US after that one fiasco ended. Later Cubans even got a shot at living here. Nation Guard has 66,000 acres yet for practice, and 7,000 acres went to start development of 20,00 homes over future years.

    Barrckas that remain Smokestack of a better time
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Fort Smith Favorites

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    by mafootje Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: That's always a smart thing to do, they might have information about the area you wouldn't expect here. But mostly the have maps of the area so you won't get lost...

    In Fort Smith it is located over here:
    FORT SMITH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
    2 North B, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
    1-800-637-1477 | (479) 783-8888
    Fax (479) 784-2421
    E-Mail: tourism@fortsmith.org

    Fort Smith Visitor center
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