Fort Smith & The Wild Wild West
Star of the Western Frontier
4 Days | April-October
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
In this formerly Wild Wild Western town you will witness 200 years of history come back to life through stories and reenactments of outlaws, lawmen, soldiers, Native Americans and historical figures that played an important role in America’s History. You will tour Miss Laura’s Visitors Center – a former Old West bordello – and trace the footsteps of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves and the vile outlaws he brought to justice at the Fort Smith National Historic Site.
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Day 1 – Fort Smith – Miss Laura’s Visitor Center – Fort Smith Museum of History – Dinner with Miss Laura’s Players
With an early afternoon arrival, you begin your tour at the historic Visitors Center, also known as “Miss Laura’s Social Club.” It is the first bordello in America to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were seven “houses” lining “The Row” in Fort Smith’s Old West red light district in the early 1900’s, but Miss Laura’s is the only one to stand the test of time. Fully restored to its original grandeur, get a glimpse behind the doors of a former bordello.
Next, tour the Fort Smith Museum of History. Enjoy the museum’s permanent and rotating exhibits, from horseless carriages, horse drawn fire engines. The second floor offers the popular 1998 exhibition In the Shadow of the Gallows, which includes furnishings from the 6th Street court of Judge Isaac C. Parker (also known as The Hanging Judge of Indian Territory); On the Air, an exhibit featuring the history of radio and television broadcast in Fort Smith and the region; an excellent collection of 19th century woodworking tools; and a depiction of the well-known Goldman Hotel in downtown Fort Smith.
Check into your Fort Smith hotel for a two night stay. After time to freshen-up, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and a comedic performance of “The Medicine Show on Hanging Day” by Miss Laura’s Players. (D)
Day 2 – Windshield Art Tour – A&M Railroad Excursion w/lunch – Fort Smith National Historic Site – Dinner at Taliano’s
This morning, explore a vibrant, growing gallery of world-renowned urban and contemporary public art that has breathed new life into the historic streets of downtown Fort Smith. The growing collection of permanent/semi-permanent outdoor art now includes more than 30 pieces by highly sought-after international artists such as D*Face, Ana Maria, Askew, Okuda San Miguel, Bordalo II, Maser, Hoxxoh, and many others.
Next, take a ride on the A&M Railroad into the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Traveling from Van Buren to Winslow, this three-hour, 70 miles round trip excursion takes you through the ruggedly beautiful Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks, over three valley trestles and through the 1700-foot-long Winslow tunnel for some of the most breathtaking scenery you are likely to see in ‘The Natural State’. Lunch is included on the train.
Returning to Fort Smith this afternoon, tour the Fort Smith National Historic Site, which includes the remains of the original 1817 fort on the Arkansas River. One of the highlights is the two-story barracks from the second fort, which in the early 1870s became the Federal Courthouse for the Western District of Arkansas. Inside are the restored courtroom of the famed “Hangin’ Judge” Isaac C. Parker, and the dingy frontier jail aptly named “Hell on the Border.”
Dinner is included tonight at Taliano’s Italian Restaurant, housed in the James Sparks home. Built in 1887, this Romanesque-Victorian has its original interiors including chandeliers and hand-carved fireplaces. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – U.S. Marshals Museum – Depart for Home
After breakfast, visit the new United States Marshals Museum. Scheduled to open in July 2022, the museum will be a 50,000 square foot world-class facility on the banks of the Arkansas River. The Museum will feature a unique exterior with a modified star-shaped design signifying the star badge worn by courageous U.S. Marshals.
Inside, five immersive galleries will educate guests about the critical, ever-evolving role the Marshals have played in upholding the Rule of Law, driven by justice, integrity and service. The Museum’s National Learning Center will combine the Museum experience with education programming focused on the Constitution, the Rule of Law and civic literacy. Pay tribute to the more than 350 Marshals killed in the line of duty since 1789 by visiting the Samuel M. Sicard Hall of Honor.
After your tour, depart for home. (B)