|The Clayton House|
Planning a trip to Ft. Smith is an almost certain guarantee of a great experience. The history ranges from the frontier days, an historic fort, and "Hangin-Judge" Parker to the end-point of the Trail of Tears, the red-light district, and beautiful Victorian homes such as the Clayton House.
First established as a fort in 1817, Ft. Smith is now a city filled with energy and pride in its past, present and future.
|Used during the Civil Rights Movement|
of the 1960s
Today we visited the site of the original fort, the Clayton House Museum (www.claytonhouse.org), and the office of the future US Marshals Museum (www.usmarshalsmuseum.org). Since I have always associated US Marshals with John Wayne and cowboy movies, I was amazed at the part the marshals have played throughout our history. I will be featuring them in a future post.
We ate well - Bricktown Brewery (www.bricktownbrewery.com) for lunch and Doe's Eat Place (www.doesfortsmith.com) for dinner.
|The cellar at Doe's|
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