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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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…
200 Garrison Avenue
FORMER SLAVE, RESPECTED LAWMAN
A 25-foot work of art honors the illustrious lawman, believed to be the first black U.S. deputy marshal west of the Mississippi. Reeves, born into slavery, served for 32 years under Federal Judge Isaac C. Parker. This l…
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…
7020 Taylor Avenue
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
Interactive Timeline: Downtown Fort Smith Historic Plaques