Fort Smith

Research Story -Fort Smith National Historic Site

A Little About Our Historic Western Town

The U.S. Army established Fort Smith as a military outpost in 1817. The City of Fort Smith is home to Arkansas’ oldest symphony orchestra and the state’s oldest continuously-running volunteer little theatre. Fort Smith is a hub for artistic development, with murals from the Unexpected Project adding color and life to the Downtown Area. Fort Smith is also steeped in Old West lore, from books and films like True Grit to some colorful real-world characters like Belle Starr, Judge Isaac C. Parker, U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves, and the Founder of the U.S. Army Rangers, General William O. Darby.


Unfortunately, no hotels are located within walking distance of UAFS, so we encourage you to stay in downtown Fort Smith where you will be within walking distance of many of the historic sites as well as the night life and shopping boutiques. Downtown Fort Smith is approximately 3 miles from the UAFS campus, just a quick drive away. The Mariott Courtyard in Downtown Fort Smith has given us a special rate of $94 a dollar for the 3/30-4/2. To book your stay, please follow this link.