A couple of months ago I traveled over to Fort Smith, which is right on the western edge of state. Fort Smith was once the gateway to the wild wild west. In those days, justice in the area was presided over by "Hangin" Judge Isaac Parker. Judge Parker was actually an opponent of capital punishment and was only carrying out the sentences he perceived the law required of him to pass down.
I had been to Fort Smith a few times but never really explored the downtown area before this trip. I found myself liking it very much. In many ways, the town feels like it could easily be back east!