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Fort Smith is a city that uniquely combines ''the history of the ''Old West'' with the gentle charm of the antebellum ''Old South'' '', the result being a varied array of appealing attractions that offer visitors a glimpse into its history in a fun and exciting way. There are tons of fun things to do while staying in Fort Smith, among the city's most favorite and visited attractions also being:
Fort Smith Museum of History, perhaps, the perfect attraction in Fort Smith to visit, in order to get acquainted with the local culture and history, the museum featuring exhibits which contain interpretive objects of historical significance relevant to the founding and growth of Fort Smith and the region.
The exhibits which can be seen at the museum are: Time Line, which reveals how day-to-day life was lived by the inhabitants of the region, in the past years, the Telephone Exhibit, which shows the evolution of the telephone from an 1880's telegraph machine and an early switchboard to modern fiber-optic cable, Boyd Gallery, which provides a view of Indian life over 100 years ago, and Antique Tools, which is a replica of a nineteenth century woodworking shop, featuring both hand and foot operated tools that put together the largest collection of antique woodworking tools in the country.
Fort Smith Trolley Museum, which provides a unique educational experience to the visiting public, dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of electric powered streetcars, railroad equipment and other technology related to transportation.
US Marshals Museum, featuring an impressive array of artifacts, some of them dating back nearly 212 years, including `The Gunman: Romance and Reality'', which showcased Hollywood's perception of the West through a series of short clips of Western movies, as well as a large collection of U.S. Marshal badges, arrest warrants of notorious outlaws and a stunning collection of seized jewelry by the U.S. Marshals.
Every year, Fort Smith celebrates a series of annual events that attract hundreds of enthusiastic visitors from all over the region. Three of these popular celebrations are considered to be: IC Spring Festival and Heritage Days Festival, both happening in May, and the Fall Festival, which takes place in October, a Christian alternative to Halloween, featuring free games, candy, bounce-arounds, face painting, and much, much more.
Among the top places to shop in Fort Smith, AR, there are:
Central Mall Shopping Center: 5111 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR.
Shoe Carnival: 7609 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR.
Dillard's: 5111 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR.
Sears: 5111 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR.
Fort Smith Pavilion: 3935 Phoenix Avenue, Fort Smith, AR.
Phoenix Village Mall: 4600 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, AR.
Maybranch Shopping Center: 2801 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR.
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