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…
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…
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…
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…
1001 Garrison Avenue
William Orlando Darby was born in Fort Smith on February 8, 1911, to Percy and Nell Darby. Following graduation from Fort Smith High School in 1929, he received an appointment to the United States Military academy at West Point, New York.
100 South 4th Street
The museum offers a collection of railcars that includes the Frisco 4003 Steam Locomotive and a working 1926 electric Birney Streetcar, which takes passengers on a 3/4 mile tour down a stretch of track between historic Garrison Avenue and the Nationa…
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith Museum of History strives to preserve approximately 40,000 artifacts chronicling the city’s history as well as care for the 1907 Atkinson-Williams Warehouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which houses the museum.
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…
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…
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…
Interactive Timeline: Downtown Fort Smith Historic Plaques