Fort Smith National Historic Site

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Fort Smith National Historic Site

Address:301 Parker Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Size: 75 acres.
Established: Authorized on September 13, 1961.
Location:In downtown Fort Smith, 6 miles south of I-40 off Hwy. 64.
Facilities:Picnic area, visitor center, museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Hiking, guided and self-guided tours.
Special Features:This was one of the first U.S. military posts in the Louisiana Territory and served as a base of operations for enforcing federal Indian policy from 1817 to 1896. The park contains the remains of two frontier military forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Judge Isaac C. Parker served here for 21 years protecting the rights of Native Americans and helping to bring civilized society to lawless country. "Hanging Judge" Parker's courtroom has been restored with reproductions of 1880s furnishings.

See other parks in Arkansas.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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