DescriptionSettled in 1818, Van Buren is one of the oldest settlements in western Arkansas. It was a steamboat landing, a stage stop for the Butterfield Line from St. Louis to California, a main artery for commerce and the border between the Cherokee and Choctaw tribes.
A six-block downtown area has been restored to its late 19th-century appearance, complete with old-fashioned lamps and period storefronts. Included in the restoration project are the Albert Pike Schoolhouse, Crawford County Courthouse, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Drennen-Scott House, Fairview Cemetery, Mount Olive Church and the waterfront.
Visitor InfoVan Buren Visitor Center
Self-guiding toursThe Van Buren Walking Tour features 52 stops. A brochure featuring a map of the path and descriptions of the stops is available from the visitor center.
ShoppingStroll around Van Buren's downtown historic district, centering around Main Street. Antique dealers, book stores, gift and specialty shops and bistros fill quaint Victorian-era red-brick buildings.
Things to SeeArkansas and Missouri Railroad