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Fort Smith, AR

About Fort SmithIn 1817 Maj. Stephen H. Long selected a site at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers as the location for the region's first military fort. Named for Gen. Thomas Smith, the fort prompted settlement and the resultant town shared the fort's name. With the discovery of natural gas in nearby Mansfield, a large and diverse manufacturing industry developed; Fort Smith remains one of Arkansas' leading manufacturing cities.

A navigation channel on the Arkansas River connects Fort Smith with other ports. Fort Smith is a convenient starting point for picturesque drives through the Ozark, Ouachita and Kiamichi mountains and the Cookson Hills via two of the state's scenic highways, US 71 and I-40.

Visitor Centers Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce 612 Garrison Ave. Fort Smith, AR 72901. Phone:(479)783-3111

Things to DoArkansas and Missouri Railroad see Van Buren

The Clayton House

The Darby House

Fort Smith Museum of History

Fort Smith National Cemetery

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

Miss Laura's Visitors Center

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Fort Smith, AR

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