Road Construction I-540
Traveling West on I-40? To avoid construction delays, do not take Exit 7 (I-540 S). Stay on I-40 west and take Exit 1 Dora. Stay on Hwy 64D for 6 miles and follow signs to Fort Smith. After crossing over the river, turn right on 4th ST & right on Garland. More »
Fort Smith in the Movies
No diehard movie fan can overlook Fort Smith as a setting for some of the great westerns of the silver screen. Best remembered for John Wayne's performance as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit, a movie about the life and times of a deputy marshal out of Judge Parker's court, Fort Smith has not only provided the stories, but also the actors and the sets for a score of films.
Several movies have been filmed around the old courthouse itself, including most recently Frank and Jesse in 1993 and the Civil War mini-series The Blue and the Gray. The critically acclaimed mini-series Lonesome Dove also had a Fort Smith connection. Who knows when Hollywood will come calling again?
This sketch is part of a series, “Fort Smith Minutes,” originally developed by the park staff to provide one minute long public service announcements for local radio stations. These sketches provide a light and entertaining glimpse into the complex history of Fort Smith.
Did You Know?
Fort Smith National Historic Site completed a major renovation of their Visitor Center in the summer of 2000.