Founded in the early 1800’s, Fort Smith has a history as exciting as its future. The National Historic Site and Museum stands as a reminder of Fort Smith’s important role during America’s western expansion. The final stop for law and order before entering Indian Territory, Fort Smith was home to the “Hell on the Border” jail and Judge Isaac Parker, the infamous “Hanging Judge.” Fort Smith has been selected as the future home of the first United States Marshals Museum.
Today, Fort Smith has a population of more than 86,000 in a regional trade area of 320,000. It is the second largest city in the state, boasting a healthy economy and vibrant downtown.
So Much To Offer
Situated in the rolling foothills of the Boston Mountains and on the bank of the Arkansas River, Fort Smith has ample recreational areas. State Parks and national forests are a short drive in any direction. Educational opportunities are plentiful. The public schools of Fort Smith are considered some of the best in the region, and the University of Arkansas/Fort Smith offers extensive higher education opportunities on an award winning campus. Home of the Razorbacks, the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville campus is less than an hour’s drive. Shopping and cultural activities abound in Fort Smith and additional services are available in Tulsa (2 hour drive) and Little Rock (2.5 hours). A position with Cooper Clinic offers a unique opportunity to practice medicine, raise a family, and enjoy four seasons in the great outdoors.
To learn more about our community we have provided these links for your exploration:
- Chamber of Commerce
- Fort Smith Regional Airport
- Fort Smith Online
- The City of Fort Smith
- Fort Smith National Historic Site
- Fort Smith Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
- Fort Smith U.S. Marshals Museum
- Fort Smith Public Library
- Fort Smith Symphony
- Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
- Fort Smith Little Theatre
- Fort Smith Museum of History
- Fort Smith Trolley Museum