We visit a really boring dead place
Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
173Trip End Oct 16, 2007
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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.