Arkansas - Fort Smith

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Known all over the world as the setting for True Grit, Lonesome Dove and other tales of western lore, Fort Smith has the history, stories, and attractions that keep groups thoroughly entertained.

Start your Fort Smith adventure at Miss Laura’s, a former brothel restored to its Victorian splendor and the first such structure to be listed on the National Register of Historical Places, which now serves as Fort Smith’s official Visitors Center. With prior arrangements, Miss Laura will be in costume to greet and give tour.

Step back in time as you tour Judge Isaac C. Parker’s Courtroom and the old jail known as “hell on the border,” both housed in the Fort Smith National Historic Site. Savor “High Tea” at the Clayton House; built in the 1850’s, this historic house museum reveals the life and times of the William Henry Clayton (prosecuting attorney for Judge Parker) family.

Enjoy a scenic train excursion through the beautiful Ozark foothills, downtown trolley ride, unique shopping, and wine country. Named a “Top True Western Town” by True West magazine for the past two years, Fort Smith invites you to discover the New Spirit of the Old West!

For more information about all there is to do in the Fort Smith area, visit or call Carolyn Joyce at 800.637.1477 or email her at

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