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…
7313 Terry St
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…
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…
Located along historic downtown Fort Smith's Garrison Avenue, the below video timeline can be used in conjunction with the 12 large bronze historic plaques that tell parts of the city's story and dive deeper into our 200-year history. If you have a…
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…
22 North 13th Street
During the 1840's, future U.S. President Zachary Taylor was commander of the military garrison at Fort Smith. His private home was once located on the grounds of what is now Immaculate Conception Church and St. Anne's Academy, at 13th and Garrison. A…
514 North 6th Street
Tour The Clayton House and step back in time to 1882, the year William Henry Harrison Clayton moved his family to support the true grit effort to restore peace and justice to Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma).
At The Clayton House, you will get…
4999 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…
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…