Fort Smith, Arkansas
Relive history through stories and reenactments of outlaws, lawmen, soldiers, and the Trail of Tears. Explore The Natural State at its finest as you journey through the mighty Arkansas River Valley and the majestic Ozark Mountains by train. Watch the sun setting on Indian Territory from atop a vintage Ferris Wheel located downtown. Discover unique exhibits, art galleries, live entertainment, shopping, and more. This is where the New South meets the Old West! In Fort Smith, visitors are able to relive 200 years of history, explore a diverse natural landscape, and discover modern attractions and amenities inside of America’s original gateway to The Wild West. Recognized as a, “Top Ten True Western Town,” by True West magazine, Fort Smith has played a significant role throughout our Nation’s history – especially during its frontier days – and provided inspiration to literature and film classics like, “True Grit,” and many others. In Arkansas’ second-largest city, the past has always ensured the future, enabling Fort Smith to become a destination offering experiences that are as diverse as its history is colorful.
Civil War in Fort Smith (Photo courtesy of exploresouthernhistory.com)