Discover the Past

From the establishment of the first Fort Smith on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C. Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history.

Explore life on the edge of Indian Territory through the stories of soldiers, the Trail of Tears, dangerous outlaws, and the brave lawmen who pursued them.


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Federal Court Database

US Court database allows quick and easy access to research the deputy marshals, jailers, and even cooks that worked in the Western District 1871-1896.

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Every Kid in a Park

If you are a fourth grader, or age equivalent free-choice learner, you can receive a pass that will give you free access to federal recreation sites.

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Historic Site as a classroom

Teachers ... Are you looking for a way to enhance your classroom material? Plan a field trip and bring the class to the park.

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Come see what happening at the fort

When was the last time you came to see us?

There are many things to see and do including Junior Ranger activities, movies, river loop trail, historic jails, courtroom, and more.

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Become a Volunteer Museum Tour Guide

Fort Smith NHS offers exciting opportunities for those wishing to volunteer their time and people skills by becoming a museum tour guide.

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2015 Superintendent's Compendium

Check it out to learn more.

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Metal Detectors: Don't Dig Here!

Metal detecting is illegal at Fort Smith National Historic Site.

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Follow the Park on Facebook and Twitter

Follow Fort Smith NHS on Facebook and Twitter

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Park Presents Historical Highlights Speaker Series

Guest speakers bring life experiences and knowledge to a new monthly speaker series focused on highlights of our area's history and culture.

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