Miss Laura's

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Miss Laura’s House of Prostitution Gets a Groovy Medicare Jet-Setters Review Yes, you read the title correctly. We were at Miss Laura’s House of Prostitution in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I must say we had a groovy time there. At the turn of the century, Fort Smith, Arkansas, was, to put it mildly, a raucous town. Trades of all kinds sprang up. These unique establishments were eager-to-please all requests. Tempting the outlaws that frequented the city to spend their ill-got dollars at their business was their marketing strategy. Houses of Prostitution boomed in Fort Smith. Seven houses became known as “The Row.” The other six were all torn down, but Miss Laura’s was saved and selected for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Miss Laura’s is an enjoyable and curious place to visit. A lady dressed like Miss Laura will be your tour guide. She takes on the role of Miss Laura as she guides you through the house and tells you stories. You will feel like you stepped back in time and that the lady before you is the real Miss Laura. Miss Laura’s house is the definition of Victorian elegance. The original artwork decorating the walls is sensuous and sets the mood. I found it intriguing that prostitution was legal at this time in history in Fort Smith, Arkansas. They had one rule to stay in business. A certificate of health was to hang in the house and be updated each month to let you know which girls were sick. Check out the photo of one of the original doctor’s notes I have included in the photo gallery. Miss Laura must have had quite a mind for commerce. In 1903 Laura Zeigler borrowed money to open her brothel. Business was good and she paid off the loan in 17 months. Her ladies were known to be the most refined and the healthiest of Fort Smith’s “daughters of joy.” Not only was prostitution going on at Miss. Laura’s, but there was song, dance, gambling, drinking, and an upstairs bathtub at no extra charge for customers to enjoy. If you are going through Fort Smith, Arkansas, Miss Laura’s is a stop worth your time. We give Miss Laura’s a Medicare Jet-Setter Groovy rating. For a tour that is fun and a bit different from most history tours, get up and go to Miss Laura’s.
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Miss Laura's is the official Visitors Center of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and first former bordello to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Miss Laura's is the official Visitor Center of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Miss Laura's is the official Visitors Center of Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as a historic site and local heritage museum. Visitors are encouraged to visit Miss Laura's and take a FREE guided tour of the immaculately restored Victorian mansion. With prior arrangements, "Miss Laura" will guide larger groups on a tour, herself. Out of seven "row houses" that lined Fort Smith's Old West red light district, Miss Laura's is the only house of ill-repute that stood the test of time. It would later become the first former bordello to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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In 1964, during a golden age in print news and the era that gave birth to New Journalism, Charles Portis—established reporter at The New York Herald Tribune—would trade his journalism career in for a small Arkansas fishing shack and no guarantee of success as a novelist. Four years later, "True Grit," would become the most iconic tale of The American West ever told. More than that, it would uncover the important role Fort Smith, Arkansas plays in America's frontier heritage, and...Mr. Portis...we thank you for that gift, friend! #TrueGritTown

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Congratulations to all of our 2019 GRIT Awards finalists and award recipients! #ExperienceFS #GivingRecognitionInTourism

Neumeier's Rib Room & Beer Garden | Papa's Pub and Pizzaria | Courtyard by Marriott Fort Smith Downtown | The Clayton House | Chaffee Crossing | Cody Faber | U.S. Marshals Museum

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VOTING for the 2019 GRIT Awards ends TODAY at 5 PM! If you haven’t already, take a quick moment to vote for your favorite finalists at www.FortSmithGRIT.com!

For those attending the 2019 GRIT Awards Banquet, don’t forget to RSVP today, as well. 🙌

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♫ Pumpkins in patches & haunted attractions, kiddos in costumes & adults-only bashes, candy-filled baskets ward off Silly String, check out this list of fun Halloween things...TO DO in the Fort Smith area, that is!

It’s gonna be a fun-packed day in Downtown Fort Smith! Miss Laura’s is open for free guided tours ‘til 4 PM. Come see us!

Remember, FREE event-to-event trolley shuttle from 10-5 today. Come check out the Fort Smith Fall Festival in Downtown Fort Smith! #ExperienceFortSmith

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The 2019 Fort Smith Fall Festival kicks off SATURDAY (Sept. 28) in Downtown Fort Smith featuring FREE event-to-event trolley shuttle, food trucks, Old West shootouts, antique machinery and car shows, Civil War weapons demonstrations, tons of local artisans and vendors offering everything from fresh produce and handmade jewelry to vintage and antique treasures, plus MORE! #ExperienceFortSmith #GoDowntownFS #FortSmithFallFestival

[06/05/19]   After more than a week of being closed due to flooding and street closures, Miss Laura's Visitor Center will reopen it's doors to visitors this morning. See you at 9 AM!

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Volunteer | Miss Laura's Visitor Center | Fort Smith CVB

Armed with a friendly smile and a barrel full of firsthand knowledge, Miss Laura's STARRS set out to make visitors feel welcome and informed of all there is to do and see in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and the surrounding area!

Click the link below to submit our very brief online form and/or call Carolyn Joyce at (479) 783-8888!

fortsmith.org Become a volunteer at Miss Laura's Visitor Center and serve your community by making visitors feel welcome and informed!

[11/30/18]   It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...at Miss Laura's! Our volunteers are #TreeDecoratorGoals 🙌 y'all! Come check it out for yourself!

Bikers are Miss Laura's favorite kind of visitor! If you're in town for The Steel Horse Rally, saddle up and ride yourself on over to Miss Laura's (2 N. B St.) historic former Old West bordello turned Visitor Center for a guided tour...on the house, of course! #SHR18 #ExperienceFortSmith #HelloBordello

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Nominate your favorite restaurants, attractions, hotels...famous former bordellos 💁‍♀️🙆‍♀️🙋‍♀️

Help us recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to positively impact Fort Smith tourism and hospitality. Submit your 2018 GRIT Award Nominations by March 16!!!

Go to www.FortSmithGRIT.com

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Miss Laura has the goods! Commemorative Fort Smith Bicentennial goods, that is. Stop by between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to purchase your little piece of history before the Holiday! Hats - $10 | Shirts - $16 | Ornaments - $22.50 or $37.50! #ExperienceFortSmith #GoDowntownFS #200FortSmith

Stop in at Miss Laura's Visitor Center (2 N. B St.) to score some commemorative Fort Smith Bicentennial gear while supplies last! #ExperienceFortSmith #GoDowntownFortSmith #200FortSmith

Just a few pics from the annual Christmas Party Miss Laura throws for her STARRS! We have the World's BEST Volunteers!

Miss Laura already got her wish list in, and today from Noon to 5 PM you can, too!!! #SelfiesWithSanta at Pendergraft Park in Downtown Fort Smith!!! #GoDowntownFS #ExperienceFortSmith

Santa Clause has landed in Downtown Fort Smith, everyone!!! Bring your Christmas wish list to Ross Pendergraft Park between RIGHT NOW and 5PM for #SelfiesWithSanta 🙌

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Experience Halloween in Fort Smith, Arkansas! And don't forget to come by Miss Laura's for a FREE tour! #ExperienceFortSmith

Here's a #Hallowinning list of our 12 favorite things (some family-oriented, some just for adults) to do For Halloween in Fort Smith, Arkansas, from October 27th-31st!!! #ExperienceFortSmith

Start your adventure with a free tour at historic Miss Laura's Visitor Center and then meet us at ArcBest Performing Arts Center, TOMORROW AT 7PM, to catch this exciting performance by Branson's daring Acrobats of China! #ExperienceFortSmith

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Stop by Miss Laura's for a printed map or download the UnexpectedFS mobile app to start your urban contemporary art adventure in Fort Smith, Arkansas! #ExperienceFortSmith #UnexpectedFS, #GoDowntownFS 😘

The Unexpected urban contemporary art project officially begins TODAY (July 23-30)! Download the "UnexpectedFS" mobile app and join us in Downtown Fort Smith for an unforgettable art experience! #ExperienceFortSmith #UnexpectedFS #GoDowntownFS

The all-day Grand Opening Bash of Belle Starr Antiques at its new, larger location (410 N. B St.) is TODAY in Downtown Fort Smith! Celebratory sales and prizes start at 10 and outdoor party starts at 4! #ExperienceFortSmith #GoDowntownFS #VisitArkansas https://goo.gl/u7Xz87

A glimpse at what types of vintage and antique treasures you might find inside of Belle Starr Antiques at 410 N. B St. in Downtown Fort Smith! #ExperienceFortSmith #GoDowntownFortSmith #VisitArkansas

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Miss Laura's Visitors Center

Miss Laura's Visitors Center

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Miss Laura's

Miss Laura’s Visitor Center

Miss Laura's is the official Visitors Center of Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as a historic site and local heritage museum. Visitors are encouraged to visit Miss Laura's and take a FREE guided tour of the immaculately restored Victorian mansion. With prior arrangements "Miss Laura" will guide larger groups on a tour, herself. Out of seven "row houses" that lined Fort Smith's Old West red light district, Miss Laura's is the only house of ill-repute that stood the test of time. It would later become the first former bordello to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The offices of the Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau are located on the second floor.

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2 North B Street
Fort Smith, AR
72901

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:30
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