|Raccoon mural, part of|
The Unexpected Project
Although Fort Smith is old and loves its history of frontier days, today it is a city brimming with life and progress.
Let me start by saying I love the old and the history. The National Historic Site tells us much about the early days on the frontier. From the destination point of the Trail of Tears to Judge Parker and his infamous courtroom, the area makes visitors pause and study our past. It's not always pretty.
|Evening view from|
the River Walk
Although you can revisit history, today's Fort Smith is filled with art, culture, great food and a beautiful trail along the Arkansas River.
In July this year, the third annual "The Unexpected: Festival of Murals" will bring in world-renown artists to create public art masterpieces. The diversity of murals delighted me - from black-and-white larger than life human figures to bright abstract pieces, I loved them all. Since I'm an animal lover, I have to mention the raccoon mural that I had to drive by multiple times! Part of the fun is driving around town and discovering each one.
Museums provide diverse histories ranging from the art museum and trolley museum to the fort, the Clayton House and Miss Laura's (now the Visitors Center) which tells differing
|Luke poses at the Elvis Presley|
After a day discovering the city, thoughts of food take over. Fort Smith has some outstanding restaurants.
|Neumeier's Rib Room|
|Bread pudding at R Landry's|