We visit a really boring dead place

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Arkansas
Sunday, August 26, 2007

Nothing much to report except the roads in Oklahoma appear to have been sub-contracted the same firm that makes speed-bumps!! The scenery is much like England - lots of trees and very green - but nothing to see.

We got to Fort Smith and found our (cheap) Days Inn - it is the traditional motel place and now very dated. We walked along the main street - Garrison Avenue - and realized that most of the shops were closed (i.e. gone out of business) - a chap in a jewelers told us to go 2 miles south to a Mall where we found a Denny's with poor service and re-warmed food (that hadn't been). Fortunately we got to see "The Simpsons" on a very good screen for 3 each which killed a few hours.

There was (unsurprisingly) a fort here built in the early 1800's to stop the Indians fighting each other right next to the Arkansas River which we found to be quiet wide when we took a walk along it. There are a few buildings but not very much to report.

Our evening meal was AWFUL - in a place called the Rib Room. It has a load of diner-booths, plastic laminate menu and paper plates/plastic cutlery...for which they wanted $10 for a small rack of undercooked and cold ribs. Possibly the worst restaurant we've visited all trip and another example of if no-one tries then the residents get the restaurants they deserve.

We would suggest that if you're considering Ft Smith for an overnight stop then re-plan.
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naculichouse on

You are wrong!
Fort Smith, AR is a great historical city. For one thing, Fort Smith is the future home to the U.S. Marshal Museum- a national museum respresenting the US Marshals, opening in 2011.
We have lots of history here if you are a 'Wild West' fan. 'Hang them High' the movie with Clint Eastwood was film right here at the Historical Site. The movie Blue and Gray was film in front the Darby House, the founder of Darby Army Rangers. Miss Laura's is the local visitors center and a former bordello listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The residents in Fort Smith have a small town feel with big city benefits.
The city of Fort Smith has a few museums you should have visit: Fort Smith Museum of History, National Historic Site, Trolley Museum, Nature Center and took a senic walk through the Belle Grove Historic District. Let's not forget The Park at West End, a riverfront amusement park with vintage carousel and a Ferris wheel to ride to catch a birds-eye view of the Historical city of Fort Smith... The Gateway to the West.. Where it once was called ' Hell on the Border.'

If anyone is interested in visiting Fort Smith AR call the Fort Smith Convention and Visitors center at 1-800-637-1477 ask for Elizabeth.

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