wild west

  Mural festivals are typically in big cities. But for the second year, Fort Smith is host to The Unexpected, a mural festival bringing urban contemporary art to Arkansas. During the event occurring this week, the walls of several downtown historic buildings will be painted with large murals. The buildings are located in between about …
The U.S. Marshals Museum, currently under construction in Fort Smith, netted $1 million in the first 24 hours of the sale of coins commemorating the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service. The U.S. Mint began selling the coins on Thursday, Jan. 29. The museum receives a portion of the sales in the form of …
Mountain men made a good living trapping and fur trading in the 1800s. Explorers living in the wilderness, they also through their trade helped open up various trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the west. So, put on your best buckskin and your beaver cap …
Considering the history and heritage that built Fort Smith, there’s no surprise there will be a plethora of programs in May to celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month. The Department of Arkansas Heritage’s theme for this year is “Saving Our Heritage: Arkansas’s Historic Structures.” The Fort Smith Museum of History has several events planned. Join Judge and …
If there was ever a person in Arkansas history who should be — and is — considered “larger than life,” it’s Bass Reeves.  One of the most interesting people who ever lived in The Natural State, Reeves was a U.S. Deputy Marshal under Federal Judge Isaac C. Parker, himself a legendary figure in the annals …