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Settled 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.

Van Buren Visitor Center

Self-guiding tours
The 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.

Stroll 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.

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Arkansas and Missouri Railroad
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Current Location: Van Buren, Arkansas
Hampton Inn by Hilton Van Buren
1916 N 6th St. Van Buren, AR 72956
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Best Western Van Buren Inn
1903 N 6th St. Van Buren, AR 72956
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Sleep Inn & Suites
1633 N 12th Ct. Van Buren, AR 72956
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