Fort smith

Trip Start Sep 29, 2012
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Trip End Nov 09, 2012


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Well after an overnight stop in Memphis Tennesse we have crossed the mighty Mississippi and moved on West arriving in Fort Smith Arkansas. On route we had our first experience of being stopped by the Police, a Drug Enforcement Task Force of all things. However after a chat with Terry we managed to get another patch for our collection, the coolest one yet. We did consider going to Gracelands but were put off by the locals who were not that impressed with it, and after Nashville it would have to have been brilliant to compare.Fort Smith is an old frontier town and we visited the remains of the two old forts that were situated here to control the forcible migration of the native indians from there home lands to the West, along the trail of tears, very moving. We also went into the Court house where  Hanging Judge Parker presided, and the prison that was used before we moved onto the actual gallows that were used. Very impressed with the Fort and Museum and the stories of the Indian migration as well as the outlaws and marshals that operated out of this town, it still has the Bordello opened by Pearl Star and her daughter. We also visited the national cemetry, this was very moving it is a military cemetry going back to the building of the first Fort Smith in 1812 and has rows and rows of civil war graves, those of the confederates have pointed tops apparently to stop the yankee soldiers sitting on them, they are the only ones this shape in the place. The only none ex military graves here are those of Judge Parker and his wife. Just outside the campsite is Highway 71 the site of a robbery and shooting by Bonnie and Clyde.On the camp site there are a flock of the friendliest ducks you have ever seen, once we fed them they became our posse and followed us around, pity they didn't have any control over the rooster that woke us this morning. A bit more about this place, Hicksville and duelling banjoes at the site and imagine our absolute horror when we arrived, short of essential supplys (booze to you) we went to the local walmart only to find we had arrived in a dry county, oh know, it was back to evie double quick and a quick hooch run across the state border to a drive through liquor store,more of the banjo stuff. The camp site is well off of the beaten track but we are at least experiencing stuff not on the normal tourist trail.   Planning a Bar B Q tonight then it is on to El Reno, just West of Oklahoma City, Indian country.
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