This beautiful statue sits in River Park along the Arkansas River.

 

River Park Sign - Yes, It is Confusing

River Park Sign – Yes, It is Confusing

One of the most confusing things about this place is the name. The sign above says Riverpark. The sign over the building has it as River Park. Google maps has it as Riverfront Park. And to top it off, the amphitheater is Riverfront Amphitheater. Then to add even further confusion, you can find it under Harry E Kelley Park as well. No matter how you find it – it is a beautiful place.

 

River Park Building and Entrance

River Park Building and Entrance

River Park building and entrance way to the amphitheater.

 

Riverfront Amphitheater at River Park in Fort Smith, AR

Riverfront Amphitheater at River Park in Fort Smith, AR

This is the amphitheater looking towards the US Hwy 64 / Garrison Ave bridge. The near pillar to the bridge is the border between Oklahoma and Arkansas. South and West of this point the river flows from Oklahoma. To the East and North the river is within Arkansas.

 

Happy Jak at River Park in Fort Smith, AR

Happy Jak at River Park in Fort Smith, AR

Happy Jak looking towards the Arkansas side of the river from the parking lot. There are hiking trails along this beautiful river.

 

Arkansas River Panorama Looking out Towards Oklahoma

Arkansas River Panorama Looking out Towards Oklahoma

A panoramic look at the Arkansas River. From left to right – US Hwy 64 bridge into Oklahoma, Arkansas.

 

US Marshalls Monument at Riverfront Park, AR

US Marshalls Monument at Riverfront Park, AR

Just to the North side of the park is a monument dedicated to the US Marshalls that have fallen in the line of duty.

 

Entrance to Miss Laura's Visitors Center

Entrance to Miss Laura’s Visitors Center

Across the street from the park entrance is Miss Laura’s Visitor Center. This is the only surviving “social club” from the original seven houses that lined this street decades ago. It now doubles as a visitor center and is well worth the visit.

 

Restored Bar in Miss Laura's Visitors Center

Restored Bar in Miss Laura’s Visitors Center

Miss Laura’s has been fully restored to it’s state during its peak years as a bordello. Check out the pictures in the gallery for more of this amazing place. There were several volunteers on hand to fill in the history of this building and its occupants. They will also let you know about other historical places around Fort Smith.

 

 

This is a great place to start if you are new to the Fort Smith area. You get a beautiful river view and some helpful information at Miss Laura’s.

For more information about the park check out this website:

http://fortsmithparks.com/parks/river-front-parks/harry-e-kelley/

For more information about Miss Laura’s Visitors Center please go to this website:

http://www.fortsmith.org/miss-lauras-visitor-center/

River Front Park & Miss Laura's Visitors Center, Fort Smith, AR

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