Fort Smith, Arkansas is an exciting destination known as the city "Where the New South Meets the Old West."

Early frontier history did some of its hardest living in Fort Smith and left its mark, making the city a living memorial to both the wild and more genteel sides of the area's frontier heritage.

Classic Western movies such as Hang 'Em High with Clint Eastwood and True Grit with John Wayne were inspired by the colorful history of Fort Smith.

Fort Smith looks to the future, anxious to share the many stories that have helped shape their world.

Key events in the history of United States judicial system were at the forefront of the original Fort, with Judge Isaac C. Parker holding court for the Federal Government in the Western District of Arkansas at the turn of the century. Visitors can experience that history first hand at the Fort Smith National Historic Site.