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…
14 North 3 Street
The future U.S. Marshals Museum will be located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on the banks of the Arkansas River.
The U.S. Marshals Museum will:
Honor the past and future service of the U.S. Marshals
Celebrate George Washington's vision of the U.S. Mars…
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…
311 General Darby Street
General William O. Darby – founder of the famed Darby's Rangers that fought in Italy during WWII and evolved into the modern day Army Rangers – grew up in this modest home. The home now serves as a heritage museum that contains personal military memo…
514 North 6th Street
The Clayton House provides a step back to 1882, the year William Henry Harrison Clayton moved his family into the antebellum home that he doubled in size and shaped into an Italianate-style masterpiece. Coal-burning fireplaces and period furnishings …
Garrison Avenue and 2 Street
Fort Smith's charming and picturesque downtown park, complete with a Ferris Wheel from the 1935 World's Fair in San Diego, a vintage carousel hand-painted in Treviso, Italy, a refurbished Pullman railcar diner, a Double Decker Bus concession stand an…
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…
7020 Taylor Avenue
“Hair today, gone tomorrow!" - Elvis Presley, March 25, 1958, upon being asked what he thought of giving up his famous sideburns to be inducted into the U.S. Army.
On March 24, 1958, an international rock and roll star named Elvis Presley suspended h…
200 North 11 Street
First opened in 1929 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, the doors to the 53,000 sqft. Masonic Temple will reopen in November of 2016! Comprised of 4 stories, the building was constructed using Bedford Stone and contains t…
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…
Interactive Timeline: Downtown Fort Smith Historic Plaques