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.
2 North B Street
or Toll-Free: 800-637-1477
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…
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 …
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…
100 South 4th Street
or Toll-Free: 800-687-8600
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad's special passenger train services offer you a window seat into history – an opportunity to travel in the style of a bygone era. Discover nature at its best, as you travel through the mighty Arkansas River Valley and the …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Interactive Timeline: Downtown Fort Smith Historic Plaques