America’s original Wild West, Fort Smith is known for its true grit. As the westernmost frontier, it was where U.S. Marshals would ride out into Indian Territory. The pioneer spirit upon which the city was founded is still alive today as Fort Smith promotes its history, arts and culture. This can be seen in the colorful murals along Garrison Avenue as part of the Unexpected Project, which brought a dozen or so international street artists to town. The convention center is located in the heart of the historic downtown, which makes it easy for groups to get out and explore. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Miss Laura's, once a famous brothel, serves as a visitor’s center today. Start here, and learn about the Belle Grove Historic District and the Fort Smith National Historic Site where you can still view the original fort and courtroom of The Hanging Judge, Isaac Parker. Other fun activities for groups include a train ride on the Arkansas-Missouri railroad and a visit to Fort Chaffee’s Barbershop where Elvis Presley got his first G.I. haircut.
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