Witness 200 years of history come back to life through stories and reenactments of outlaws, lawmen, soldiers, Native Americans and other historical figures that played an important role in the development of Fort Smith's unique history. Tour Miss Laura's Visitors Center – a former Old West bordello – and then retrace the footsteps of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves and the vile outlaws he brought to justice at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. Explore decades of diverse architectural styles preserved by Fort Smith's beautiful historic districts and grandiose churches. You can even visit the Army base and barbershop where Elvis Presley received, "the haircut heard around the world," after joining the U.S. Military. When you travel to Fort Smith, Arkansas, you won't just learn about history, you'll relive it. Start planning your experience and check out all of the historic attractions that are located throughout the city and close by, below.
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Our Visitor Center, "Miss Laura's Social Club," is located inside of Fort Smith's historic downtown area and sits alongside the Arkansas River.
Out of seven "row houses" that lined Fort Smith's Old West red light district, Miss Laura's is the only ho…
Belle Grove Historic District
Comprising a 22-square block area bounded by North Fifth Street, North H Street, North Eighth Street and North C Street, the beautiful Belle Grove area was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1973. Since then, a large nu…
7020 Taylor Avenue
The Chaffee Crossing Historic District is a walkable showcase of history that echoes the vital role that Fort Chaffee played in American military history beginning in WWII. Visitors are able to walk the grounds and tour original buildings where thous…
1401 South Greenwood Avenue
Oak Cemetery is recognized as a National Historic Landmark based on over 152 years of documented history. The oldest monument, dated 1842, the same year Fort Smith was incorporated, marks the grave of Captain Gookin.
The cemetery continues to capture…
522 S 6th St
Fort Smith National Cemetery, located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was established as a national cemetery in 1867. The cemetery grew around a small post cemetery that dates to about 1819. Fort Smith National Cemetery traces its beginning to the foundin…
301 Parker Avenue
At Fort Smith National Historic Site you can walk where Mexican War & Civil War soldiers drilled, pause along the Trail of Tears, and stand where justice was served to some of the most vile outlaws of The Wild West. The park includes:
Belle Point (Si…
200 Garrison Avenue
FORMER SLAVE, RESPECTED LAWMAN
A 25-foot work of art honors the illustrious lawman, believed to be the first black U.S. deputy marshal west of the Mississippi. Reeves, born into slavery, served for 32 years under Federal Judge Isaac C. Parker. This l…
6700 McKennon Blvd.
In September 2002, the Fort Smith Air Museum relocated to the new Fort Smith Regional Airport Terminal when it was completed. There are now sixty-four display cases honoring pioneer and military aviators from western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Th…
Red Pine Drive and Morgans Way
Added to the Arkansas Register of Historic Places on November 7, 2001, Massard Prairie was a popular grazing grassland for Union troops and locals during the Civil War. On July 27, 1864, Confederate troops led a surprise attack against the Union sold…
100 South 4th Street
The Fort Smith Trolley museum operates a restored 1926 electric Birney Streetcar that carries passengers on a 3/4 mile stretch of track that is located between Fort Smith's historic Garrison Avenue and the National Cemetery. They have a collection of…
Interactive Timeline: Downtown Fort Smith Historic Plaques