Pubs, Hubs and Grub
Hubs & Stubs: Places to Visit
Miss Laura's Welcome Center
Miss Laura’s is a welcome center unlike any other you’ve ever visited! Located in downtown Fort Smith just off of Garrison Avenue, Miss Laura’s Welcome Center is a former bordello (the first bordello listed on The National Register of Historic Places). You can take a tour of Miss Laura’s and learn about its colorful history, plus get maps and information about places to visit in the area.
Fort Smith National Cemetery
The Fort Smith National Cemetery, located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was established as a national cemetery in 1867. Isaac C. Parker, known as the “Hanging Judge” for the 151 death sentences handed down and General William O. Darby are buried at the cemetery along with more than 13,000 men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The cemetery is located at 522 S 6th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901. For more info, click here or call 479-783-5345
The Clayton House
Just a short ride from Garrison Avenue at 6th and “F” streets, the Clayton House is a historic house museum that takes you back to the 1880s! The Clayton House is Fort Smith’s only Victorian era home authentically restored and open to the public.
Fort Smith Museum of History
The mission of the Fort Smith Museum of History is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of Fort Smith and the surrounding region. Established in 1910, our exhibits illustrate the contributions of Fort Smith’s citizens to the cultural, political, and economic development of the area. Plus, they have special motorcycle exhibits during the Steel Horse Rally. The museum is located at 320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR.
Enjoy a treat in the old fashioned soda fountain and experience a 1920s-1940s pharmacy. Ice cream, sundaes, floats and handmade ice cream sodas served in this delicious working exhibit!
Visit the museum gift shop for locally produced pottery, baskets and crafts. Prints of historic Fort Smith are available, as well as John Bell note cards. Choose from an excellent selection of books on area history.
Judge Parker's Courtroom
For fans of Old West history and movies like “True Grit,” Judge Isaac Parker’s Courtroom was a place known for “swift justice.” You can visit the original site of Fort Smith as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Smith. See Hangin’ Judge Parker’s Courtroom and the site of the gallows. The National Historic Site is located at 301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR. Click here for more info
Take a photo of you on your steel horse in front of the statue of U.S. Deputy Bass Reeves on his horse (cast in bronze). This statue in downtown Fort Smith honors Reeves, one of the first African-American Deputy U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi River. He arrested more than 3,000 felons and shot and killed fourteen outlaws in self-defense. Pendergraft Park is located at 200 Garrison Ave. Click here for more info
You may have noticed the brightly-colored mural next to the Steel Horse Rally Motorcycle Vendor Village. The look of downtown Fort Smith has changed with the addition of murals and various forms of art that are part of the Unexpected project.
The Fort Smith Trolley Museum
Take a ride on a piece of history and arrive in style on an electric trolley from the 1920s that has been restored and is still used in downtown Fort Smith, AR. Plus, new routes have been added, that take you right to where the Steel Horse Rally is held in downtown Fort Smith, AR. The Trolley Museum is located at 100 S 4th St, Fort Smith, AR. Click here for more info
Grub & Pubs: Places to Dine & Unwind
Ralph's Pink Flamingo BBQ
Located in: Maybranch Shopping Center at 2801 Old Greenwood Rd, Fort Smith, AR 72903
Bricktown Brewery - Fort Smith
Fort Smith’s Premier place for Lunch, Brunch, and Catering. Offering Lunch (an amazing variety of sandwiches, soups and salads), Monday-Friday and a High End Saturday Brunch! Located in May Branch Square, 2801 Old Greenwood Rd. #16, Fort Smith, AR.
The Sound Room
The Sound Room at 817 Garrison has tons of live entertainment and is the location of the 2018 Steel Horse Rally Concert & Miss SHR Bikini Contest on Saturday, May 5th. The Sound Room has two levels with multiple bars where you can enjoy your beverages, all-American food, and great live music and entertainment on the stage. Plus, those with a VIB (Very Important Biker) Pass during the rally will be able to enjoy the special VIB area that features a balcony overlooking Garrison Avenue. Visit them online and follow them on Facebook.
La Huerta Mexican
Doe's Eat Place of Fort Smith
In 1941, Dominic “Doe” Signa began cooking steaks and tamales for the people of Greenville, Mississippi. That same great food & Delta style tradition continues today. Located at 422 N 3rd St, Fort Smith, AR Visit them online.
21 West End
Sake - Sushi & Martini Bar
Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante
Rolando’s features New Latin Cuisine at their location at 917 N. A Street in Fort Smith and offer unique dishes with handmade sauces and spectacular desserts. Fort Smith is the original three restaurants in Arkansas. Visit them online
Fort Smith Brew Company
Fort Smith Brew Company makes and serves handcrafted beers named in honor of local legends at their location at what used to be part of Fort Chaffee at 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd. in Fort Smith. For more info, call 479-242-3722 or Visit them online