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Massard Prairie Battlefield Park

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Address: Red Pine Drive and Morgans Way, Fort Smith, AR
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Is That All There Is?

Massard Prairie Battlefield is remarkable and yet completely unremarkable. If you visit the Fort Smith Historic Site, you will be introduced to the Massard Prairie Battle... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
SueFromWinnipeg
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Massard Prairie Battlefield is remarkable and yet completely unremarkable. If you visit the Fort Smith Historic Site, you will be introduced to the Massard Prairie Battle through a fascinating diorama and, if you're very lucky, you will be treated to an overview of the battle by one of the history-loving Rangers. The delightful energy of the staff will likely cause... More 

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

I wouldn't recommend visiting the Massard Prairie Battlefield Park unless you're a serious Civil War history enthusiast or are the sort of person who just wants to see every single historical marker in a city, regardless of intrinsic interest. As long as you go in with very low expectations, however, you can enjoy the summary of the 'battle' provided on... More 

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Thank Elliot W
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

no parking, no explanations of what went on who fought here. Would be a nice walk in a field. bring the dog for a walk

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

OK, every review is pretty accurate. Not much to see, no old cannons, no signs with photos, etc... There are a few posts with sign that say things like "Kitchen" to tell you where things may have been. All there is outside of the signs are trees and a mowed little prairie area. Not terribly exciting...however, it is fantastic that... More 

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Huntington, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015

I drive past here 6 times a week and never knew it was a battlefield at all, it's just a mowed field with a path on it. Some say it's a dog park, I don't know I only drive past it on the way to the fitness center.

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Thank Frank N
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2015

Newly mowed open field with not much else going on here. A positive spin here is that there is no confederate flAg flying and some of our diminishing green spaces are being respected.

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Thank milehighbullet1
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

If you are in any way interested in the War Between the States history please consider a short visit to this park. I will not recount the engagement that occurred here, but will say that the park does a good job of saving and displaying a nice little sliver of property that included the heart of the skirmish and encampment... More 

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1 Thank Greg C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

Its nothing more then a lawn there isn't a thing worth seeing. Why this is called a battlefield is beyond me

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Thank Blake S
Cameron, OK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

Not much there but just markers of the incidents that occurred there during the Civil War. Any history major who is a Civil War history buff would like to know more and see history come alive. I wish there was some time of interactive exhibit here but it is in a residential area and a bit hard to get to.

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Wasn't my favorite part. Well manicured however. Overall area was large and a good history lesson. Children may not appreciate the large area so much

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