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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
813 Main 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…
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…
Interactive Timeline: Downtown Fort Smith Historic Plaques