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Overview of Fort Smith

With a historic Victorian downtown and loads of southern charm, Fort Smith, Ark., is one of the Natural State's fastest-growing communities. Conveniently located on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border, there is a reason why so many citizens from both states are finding fantastic Fort Smith apartments for rent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the community has seen a recent population increase to more than 87,000 residents, based on 2011 estimates.With a quarter of the population being younger than 18, this is obviously a popular community for parents looking to raise a family.

Living in Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith has a scrappy past, being the state's first frontier fort established in 1817 to promote peace between Native American tribes. The signs of Fort Smith's history are still prevalent in many parts of the city, notably the Fort Smith's A&M Scenic Railway. Today, the city has seen a large expansion of residential and commercial growth. Many residents are drawn to this city because of its breathtaking scenery near the Boston Mountains of western Arkansas. This city is also near Interstates 40 and 540, making it an ideal place for residents commuting to neighboring communities, or working within the city itself.

Fort Smith Attractions and Special Events

There are plenty of outdoor activities available for Fort Smith residents due to its location between two national forests, one being the Ozarks. With more than 1.2 million acres of beautiful trees and wildlife, there are generous opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating or even picturesque drives.

The Fort Smith Historic Site is also an attraction in its own right, since the city preserved the final days of Judge Parker's jurisdictions over the Indian Territory in 1896. This chapter in United States history explores the pioneering life on the edge in the 19th century, the development of the Trail of Tears and the western expansion.

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