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Arkansas River Valley & Fort Smith Region Attractions, Entertainment, Shopping, Crafts, Antiques, Historical sites, Museums, and Places of Interest. Ft. Smith Arkansas Area Guide

Alma, "Spinach Capital of the World" - Tons of spinach are packed here each year for the Popeye brand. An 8-foot statue of the cartoon character stands downtown and a huge spinach can serves as the town's water tower.

Altus: Post Familie Winery - Ark. 186, Altus. A fifth-generation family-operated vineyard and winery since 1880 offers tours that include wine and juice tastings, grape-related gift shop. 479-468-2740.

Altus: Altus Heritage House Museum - 106 N. Franklin. Original German-American State Bank, circa 1800s, with early coal mining equipment, local history. 479-468-4684.

Altus: St. Mary's Catholic Church - You'll think you're in Europe when you visit this 1902 Roman Basilical style church, known for its paintings and ornate goldleaf work. Listed on the National Register.

Altus: Wiederkehr Wine Cellars - Ark. 186 S., Altus. Swiss-German heritage, tours and wine tastings, restaurant, gift shop; family-owned since 1880. 479-468-WINE.

Altus: Mount Bethel Winery - U.S. 64, Altus. Historic cellar offers over 100-year-old tradition of wine making, bottling and tasting, plus tours. 479-468-2444.

Clarksville: University of the Ozarks - 415 College Ave. A private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. 479-754-3839.

Clarksville: Walton Fine Arts Center - University of the Ozarks campus. Features Stephens Art Gallery, with glass and ivory carvings collections, and numerous original oil paintings. Theater. 479-754-3839.

Clarksville: Whitetail World - Arkansas Highway 103 and Porter Industrial Road, Clarksville. 10,000-square-foot showroom displays over 70 replicas of world-renowned buck deer, plus wildlife art, photography and sculpture. Gift shop. 479-754-8620.

Clarksville: Gazebo Antique and Craft Mall - 1238 S. Rogers (I-40 at exit 58), Quality Ozark crafts, antiques, collectibles. 479-754-8801.

Dardanelle: Council Oak - Council Oaks City Park, A massive 400- to 500-year-old white oak tree where a Cherokee Indian chief signed a treaty giving all land south of the Arkansas River to the territory in 1820.

Dardanelle: Dardanelle Rock. This large rock formation rises near the Arkansas River bank and was used as a lookout point by the Indians and later by Confederate soldiers. For more information, call: 479-229-3328.

Fort Smith: Hanging Judge Chuckwagon/Hayride - Groups experience the Old West on a haywagon, complete with desperadoes, dancing Native Americans, a beautiful songstress, a sheriff and a meal at trail's end. 479-674-2865.

Fort Smith: Kay Rodgers Park on Midland Blvd. Site of the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair - And the Old Fort Days Rodeo.

Fort Smith: Belle Grove Historic District. A 22-block area of restored homes and buildings showcasing Romanesque Revival, Queen Anne, Eastlake Victorian Renaissance, Gothic Revival and Neo-Classical.

Fort Smith: Bonneville House - 318 N. 7th St. An 1860s Victorian Renaissance home with period antiques. 479-782-7854.

Fort Smith: Clayton House - 514 N. 6th. An excellent example of Classic Revival Victorian architecture, this museum home belonged to the district attorney under Judge Isaac C. Parker. 479-783-3000.

Fort Smith: Darby House - 311 General Darby St. The boyhood home of General William O. Darby, leader of Darby's Rangers in World War II; contains tributes to Darby and artifacts from Cisterna, Italy, Fort Smith's sister city. 479-782-3388.

Fort Smith: Fort Smith Art Center - 423 N. 6th St. Housed in the Vaughn-Schaap House, a Victorian Second Empire structure, the center presents changing exhibits and permanent collections. 479-782-1156.

Fort Smith: Fort Smith National Historic Site - 3rd and Rogers. Features the remains of two frontier garrisons, the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas, "Hangin' Judge" Isaac C. Parker's courtroom, a reproduction of the 1886 gallows, the "Hell on the Border" jail, the 1846 Commissary Storehouse and re-creation of the old fort's flagpole. 479-783-3961.

Fort Smith: Fort Smith Trolley Museum - 100 S. 4th. Take a ride between Old Fort and Trolley Museums on a 1926 Birney electric streetcar which is listed on the National Register. Also on display are railroad and transportation memorabilia. 479-783-0205.

Fort Smith: Miss Laura's Visitor Center - 2 N. B St. (Currently being restored due to tornado damage) A restored turn-of-the-century brothel that is now the city's visitor center.

Fort Smith: Old Fort Museum - 320 Rogers Ave. Artifacts depict history and culture of the area from Native Americans to present, military activity, notable personalities; revolving exhibits, old-time soda fountain and gift shop. 479-783-7841.

Fort Smith: Patent Model Museum - 400 N. 8th, Fort Smith. Housed in the Rogers-Tilles House, the oldest residence in Fort Smith; features 85 working patent models dating from 1836 to the 1870s; also has 17 drawings of models dating from 1810 to 1836.

Fort Smith: U.S. National Cemetery - 522 Garland and 6th Sts. Established in 1818 as part of the original post, the cemetery includes interments that date to 1812 and include Judge Parker, many of his deputies and World War II hero, Gen. W.O. Darby.

Fort Smith: Weidman's Old Fort Brewery - 422 N. 3rd, Fort Smith. Built by German immigrant Joseph E. Knoble in the 1840s to supply beer to local pubs. 479-782-9898.

Fort Smith: West Garrison Avenue Historic District - Fort Smith. Restaurants and antique shops. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Morrilton: Morrilton Historic District - Church and Broadway Street. See the Carnegie Library, the classic revival courthouse, handsome churches and homes, downtown shopping.

Morrilton: Museum of Automobiles - Arkansas Highway 154, Petit Jean Mountain. A collection of 50 regularly rotated vintage vehicles dating from 1904. On display is President Bill Clinton's 1967 Mustang convertible. 479-727-5427.

National Scenic 7 Byway - Mountain peaks, breathtaking vistas, exciting attractions and entertainment - it's all a part of the Scenic 7 Byway adventure. From the state's northern border through the heart of the River Valley and on to Hot Springs an Arkadelphia, you won't find a more beautiful route. Car and Driver magazine named part of Scenic 7 Byway as one of the top 10 driving experiences in the country. One of two state scenic byways.

Ozark: Original Ozark Mural - 600 W. Commercial, Ozark. 56-foot sand-carved historic mural in Bank of Ozark. 479-667-2181.

Ozark: Ozark Bridge. Spanning the Arkansas River as Scenic Arkansas Highway. 23, this structrure is listed as one of the sixteen most beautiful long spans in the U.S. by the Armerican Institute of Steel Construction. A new lighting project highlights the bridge at night.

Ozark: Ozark Crafts and MarketPlace - Exit 37, I-40 to Airport Rd. Handmade crafts by artisans in the Arkansas River Valley. 479-667-5664.

Paris: Cowie Wine Cellars - Arkansas Highway 22, Paris. Winery tours and tastings; the Gallery of  Barrels features scenes depicting history of winemaking. New wine museum. 479-963-3990.

Paris: Logan County Museum - 414 N. Elm, Paris. Small museum of local history is housed in the old jail where the last hanging in the state took place; listed on the National Register. 479-963-3936.

Pottsville: Potts Inn Museum - Arkansas Highway. 247, Once a major stop on the Butterfield Overland Stage route, this restored antebellum home now showcases antiques and a hat museum. 479-968-1877.

Perryville: International Learning and Livestock Center - Arkansas Highway 9, Perryville. Important educational and retreat facility developed by Heifer Project International, including a Global Village depicting ways HPI helps underdeveloped countries become self-sustaining; guided tours and gift shop/information center. 479-889-5124.

Russellville: Jimmy Lile Custom Knives - Scenic 7 Byway S. Home of knives made by the "Arkansas Knifemaker"; included are the knives used in the "Rambo" movie series. 479-968-2010.

Russellville: Arkansas River Valley Arts Center - Knoxville and B Sts. Visual art displays by well-known artists; a local artists gallery, theater productions. 479-968-2452.

Russellville: Arkansas River Visitor Center - Old Post Road Park. "Renaissance of a River" interpretive exhibits chronicle the development of the river. 479-968-5008.

Russellville: Ozark Heritage Crafts. Scenic 7 Byway, north at Russellville. Features handmade items of over 200 crafters. Woodcarving shop with demonstrations. Telephone: 479-967-3232.

Russellville: Arkansas Tech University Museum of Pre-History and History - Arkansas Tech University campus. Exhibits on the people and events of the Arkansas Ozarks and the Arkansas River Valley. 479-968-3941.

Subiaco: Subiaco Abbey Academy - Scenic Arkansas Highway 22, Established in 1878 as a Benedictine Monastery, now serves as a college preparatory school for boys. Tours available. 479-934-4291, 479-934-4295.

Van Buren: Ozark Scenic Railway - 813 Main, Van Buren. A 70-mile scenic rail excursion through the Boston Mountains that departs from the Frisco Depot for round-trip to Winslow.

Van Buren: Historic Downtown Van Buren Shopping District - Six blocks of art galleries, antique shops, Victoriana, restaurants and historical attractions. Often used for film locations.

Van Buren: Frontier Belle - Mike Meyer Riverfront Park, Van Buren. Sightseeing excursions, luncheon and dinner cruises; historical narration. 479-471-5441.

Van Buren: Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company - 600 Main St., The famous "A and Eagle" trademark still graces facade of this 1892 building.

Van Buren: Crawford County Art Center - 104 N. 13th St. Housed in the Old St. Michael's Catholic Church, built in 1912, the center offers shows, workshops, lessons, gifts and special events. 479-474-7767.

Van Buren: Crawford County Bank Building - 633 Main St. Built in 1889; now the Old Van Buren Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Van Buren: Crawford County Courthouse - 5th and Main. The oldest active county courthouse west of the Mississippi; has the original Seth Thomas tower clock.

Van Buren: Mount Olive United Methodist Church - Knox and Lafayette Street. Constructed in 1889, this church is said to consist of the oldest Black congregation of the UMC system west of the Mississippi.

Van Buren: King Opera House - 427 Main St. Restored 1880s structure that once played host to Jenny Lind and William Jennings Bryan.

Van Buren: Old Frisco Depot - 813 Main St. Built in 1901, the restored depot serves as the chamber of commerce office and includes an exhibit honoring native son, Bob Burns, a radio and motion picture star of the '30s and '40s.

Wye Mountain - Arkansas Highway 113, north of Arkansas Highway 10. Seven acres of blazing yellow daffodils are celebrated with the Daffodil Festival in early March. 479-330-2268.

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