Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center

Renovations and new development in Downtown Fort Smith are honoring the City’s rich history. Recently completed projects include more than $55 million in improvements to the Fort Smith Convention Center, Riverfront Development project and Garrison Avenue. The expanded Convention Center, with the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center and Riverfront Development are a tremendous asset and a valuable resource to more than 250,000 Regional residents. Approximately $4.2 million in Garrison Avenue Streetscape improvements—landscaping, sidewalks, signage—have further enhanced a rejuvenated Downtown Fort Smith.

Living in Fort Smith will put you in the middle of one of the fastest growing business corridors in Mid-America. The Fort Smith Regional Airport recently unveiled a new $20 million, 53,000 square foot terminal with air carriers, American Airlines and Northwest Airlines.

Belle Grove Historic District


A unique part of Downtown Fort Smith is the Belle Grove Historic District. Comprising a 22-square block area, the beautiful Belle Grove District is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the largest and oldest such District in Arkansas.


Judge Parker's Courtroom -
National Historic Site

At the Fort Smith National Historic Site you can walk where soldiers drilled, pause along the Trail of Tears, and stand where justice was served. The park includes the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Exhibits in the visitor center focus on Fort Smith’s military history from 1817 – 1871 and western expansion. Showcased is a replica of Judge Isaac C. Parker’s courtroom and the federal court’s impact on Indian Territory, U.S. Deputy Marshals and outlaws, Federal Indian policy, and Indian Removal including the Trail of Tears.

Located on the grounds are the foundation remains of the first Fort Smith (1817-1824), the Commissary building (c. 1838) and a reconstruction of the Judge Parker’s gallows used by the federal court. A walking trail along the Arkansas River includes wayside exhibits on the Trail of Tears.

Fort Smith Main
Public Library


Thanks to the voters of Fort Smith the city received the gift of a new Public Library system with four library locations. The Fort Smith Main Public Library was showcased on the cover of the architectural issue of Library Journal in December of 2001. Conveniently located are the three 11,000 square foot branch locations. The new main library building has many features of more space for collections of books, tapes, and videos; more public access computers; more areas for public meetings; expanded genealogy area and resources; a place for computer classes; more room for children's collection and activities as well as a separate space for young adults' books and computers; a larger publication reading area; a place for selling used books and another for snacks and refreshments.


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