Fort Smith National Historic Site

Fort Smith National Historic Site

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Fort Smith National Historic Site

Arkansas

(479) 783-3961

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Overview

Fort Smith National Historic Site embraces the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Commemorating a significant phase of America's westward expansion, it stands today as a reminder of 80 turbulent years in the history of Federal Indian Policy. The main entrance to the Visitor Center, located on the south end of the Barracks/Courthouse/Jail building, includes exhibits on Fort Smith's military history from 1817-1871, Judge Isaac C. Parker and the federal court's impact on Indian Territory, U.S. Deputy Marshals and outlaws, Federal Indian policy, and Indian Removal including the Trail of Tears. Visitors can also walk through the Fort grounds and check out the cannons and wagons and the historical buildings.

Map of Fort Smith

Latitude, Longitude: 35.388229, -94.429772

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Exhibits in the visitor center focus on Fort Smith's military history from 1817 - 1871, western expansion, Judge Isaac C. Parker and the federal court's impact on Indian Territory, U.S. Deputy Marshals and outlaws, Federal Indian policy, and Indian Removal including the Trail of Tears. Located on the grounds are the foundation remains of the first Fort Smith (1817-1824), the Commissary building (c. 1838) and a reconstruction of the gallows used by the federal court. A walking trail along the Arkansas River includes wayside exhibits on the Trail of Tears.

  • Picnicking

    Enjoy a picnic under one of the many shade trees or on one of the new picnic tables located near the main parking area.

Directions

Driving

From Interstate 40 Eastbound: Exit at Roland, and drive six miles on highway 64 to downtown Fort Smith.

From Interstate 40 Westbound & from North I 540 & Fayetteville, take Interstate 40 westbound to I 540 south. Exit west on Rogers Ave. and continue to downtown.

In the downtown area: On Rogers or Garrison Ave turn south at 4th Street. Turn right onto Garland Ave. At the end of the next block is the entrance to the main parking lot. Parking is also available on Third Street.

Flying

Fort Smith is serviced by the Fort Smith Regional Airport. Direct flights are available to Fort Smith from Memphis, and Dallas-Fort Worth. From the Regional Airport follow Interstate 540 to the Rogers exit, and follow Rogers Avenue to the Downtown area.

Public Transportation

A taxi service is available in the Fort Smith area. The City of Fort Smith operates an electric powered streetcar that tours downtown Fort Smith. During the Summer months, the trolly operates Monday through Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sundays from 1:00pm-5:00pm. During the Winter, it runs Saturday and Sunday only. Fort Smith also operates a local bus transit service.

Phone Numbers

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(479) 783-3961

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