Sun Hasn't Set on Fort Smith's Western History, Heritage

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:00 am  

Clockwise from the top-left: Clayton House, Fort Smith National Cemetery and Belle Grove. (Photo by Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism)

The gallows and bordellos have long since closed, but visitors interested in the history of the Old West are still coming to Fort Smith. The Fort Smith Advertising & Promotion Commission decided long ago that “branding” (a word also with its Western roots) the community as one that prized its colorful and historic frontier past would attract tourists to enjoy the local hospitality.

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