Welcome to Fort Smith, Arkansas – an exciting travel destination that uniquely combines the history of the wild and wooly “Old West” with the gentle charm of the antebellum “Old South”. Fort Smith offers travelers of all ages glimpses into its distinctive past through restorations, attractions, museums, and festivals that make its history fun and exciting. Now an energetic city of 80,000 people, Fort Smith is known for accommodating visitors with a blend of “southern hospitality” and “western openness” — anxious to share its past while yet busily planning for the future.
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.
Any trip into Fort Smith’s colorful past should begin at our historic Miss Laura’s Visitor Center. Built just before the turn of the century as the city’s unique Riverfront Hotel, the ornate building soon became widely-known as “Miss Laura’s,” the premier bawdy house in the rough-and-tumble part of Fort Smith along the Arkansas River.
During the l920’s and ’30’s, streetcars were popular in most cities. The Fort Smith Trolley Museum features a working, fully-restored 1926 electric streetcar that makes regular half-mile runs between the Fort Smith National Cemetery and a west-end stop at the Varsity Sports Grill or Garrison Avenue (Main Street).
Visit the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce website for information concerning our great city.