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Fort Smith - USA, Arkansas

Fort Smith is a famous Old West Town located on the Arkansas River in the heart of the Ozark Mountains near the Oklahoma border. It uniquely combines the history of the wild and wooly "Old West" with the gentle charm of the antebellum "Old South," offering glimpses into its distinctive past through restorations, attractions, museums, and festivals. It was the site of fort established in 1817 to head off conflict between the Osage and the Cherokee, who had been forced here from their homeland in the East. Outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker hid out at a local tourist court in 1933, after a car accident in which Bonnie was severely burned. Nearby Camp Chaffee was a training camp for soldiers of World War II and the Korean Conflict Sights to visit include The Fort Smith National Historic Site, the unusual Visitor Center at "Miss Laura's," Old Fort Museum, Fort Smith Trolley Museum, Fort Smith Museum of History, antique shops and architectural restorations.