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Arkansas is one of the Southern states of the United States. The name Arkansas is derived from a Quapaw Indian word meaning "downstream people." The name was also spelled Arkansa and Arkansaw. The region of Arkansas was first visited by European explorers in 1541-42, and was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase, becoming the 25th state in 1836. Long known as an agricultural region, the state industrialized after 1950. Agriculture, manufacturing, recreation, and several service industries are the mainstay of the current economy. Although it lost population in the 1940s and '50s, Arkansas has grown since 1960.

 

  1. The Arkansas Creed was designated in 1972.
    • I believe in Arkansas as a land of opportunity and promise.
    • I believe in the rich heritage of Arkansas and I honor the men and women who created this heritage.
    • I believe in the youth of Arkansas who will build our future.
    • I am proud of my state. I will uphold its constitution, obey its laws, and work for the good of all its citizens.
  2. The mockingbird is the official state bird. It was designated in 1929.
  3. The apple blossom is the official state flower. It was designated in 1901.
  4. The pine tree is the official state tree. It was designated in 1939.
  5. The diamond is the official state gem. It was designated in 1967.
  6. The honeybee is the official state insect. It was officially designated in 1973.
  7. The fiddle is the official state instrument. It was designated in 1985.
  8. Milk is the official state beverage. It was designated in 1985.
  9. The quartz crystal is the official state rock. It was designated in 1967.
  10. Bauxite is the official state mineral. It was designated in 1967.
  11. The South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato is the official state fruit and blossom. It was designated in 1987.
  12. The Dutch Oven is the official state cooking vessel. It was designated in 2001.
  13. "Arkansas Traveler" is the official state historical song. The Arkansas Traveler (lyrics by the Arkansas State Song Selection Committee, 1949; music by Col. Sanford "Sandy" Faulkner, 1850)
  14. "Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)" by Wayland Holyfield and "Oh, Arkansas" by Terry Rose and Gary Klaff are official state songs. These songs were designated in 1987.
  15. The official state anthem is "Arkansas" by Eva Ware Barnett. It was designated in 1987.
  16. Regnat Populus (The People Rule) is the official state motto. It was designated in 1836.
  17. Elevations in the state range from 54 feet above sea level in the far southeast corner to 2,753 feet above at Mount Magazine, the state's highest point.
  18. North Little Rock offers one of the nation's largest municipal parks.
  19. The community of Mountain View is called the Folk Capital of America. The little town preserves the pioneer way of life and puts it on display for visitors at the Ozark Folk Center State Park from March through October.
  20. The road to the White House for President Bill Clinton began in Hope, then led to Hot Springs, Fayetteville, and Little Rock.
  21. Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers.
  22. The state contains six national park sites, two-and-a half million acres of national forests, seven national scenic byways, three state scenic byways, and 50 state parks.
  23. One of America's finest restoration projects, the Quapaw Quarter features some of Little Rock's oldest structures including Victorian and antebellum homes, churches, MacArthur Park, and the Old Arsenal.
  24. Mountain View is home to one of the largest producers of handmade dulcimers in the world.
  25. Since the 1830s the area now known as Hot Springs National Park has bathed notables as diverse as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone. The park is entirely surrounded by the city of Hot Springs, the boyhood home of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  26. Located just outside of Murfreesboro, Crater of Diamonds State Park allows dedicated prospectors to search for precious gems including diamonds, amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz.
  27. Clark Bluff overlooking the St. Francis River contains chalk to supply the nation for years.
  28. Country music great Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland.
  29. The Magnet Cove region claims to contain 102 varieties of minerals.
  30. The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart.
  31. Sam Walton founded his Wal-Mart stores in Bentonville.
  32. Mount Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.
  33. Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836.
  34. Pine Bluff is known as the world center of archery bow production.
  35. Camden was the site of the Fort Lookout Skirmish and the Battle of Poison Springs.
  36. Alma claims to be the Spinach Capital of the World.
  37. Little River County Courthouse is world famous for it's Christmas lights display.
  38. General Douglas MacArthur, soldier and statesman, was born in Little Rock in 1880.
  39. Established near the mouth of the Arkansas River in 1686, Arkansas Post was the first permanent white settlement in the state.
  40. The geographic center of the state is located in Pulaski, 12 miles northwest of Little Rock.
  41. The city of Fairfield Bay sits on the north shore of Greers Ferry Lake, a 40,000 acre mountain lake of sparkling waters in central Arkansas.
  42. The University of Central Arkansas was founded in Conway in 1907.
  43. The average temperature in July is 81.4 degrees; January it is 39.5; and the annual average is 61.7 degrees. The average rainfall is 48.52 inches and the average snowfall is 5.2 inches.
  44. Scott Joplin, popular musician and composer, was born in Texarkana.
  45. Arkansas is officially known as The Natural State.
  46. The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system. Its total length is 1,450 miles.
  47. The largest freestanding rock formation located in Eureka Springs has a base circumference of about 10 inches and the top measures almost 10 feet across.
  48. Ouachita National Forest reigns as the oldest national forest in the South.
  49. The lowest point in the state occurs along the Ouachita River.
  50. Origin of state's name: French interpretation of a Sioux word acansa, meaning downstream place.
  51. A person from Arkansas is called an Arkansan.
  52. In 1783 the Colbert Incident occurred at Arkansas Post. It was the only Revolutionary War skirmish in the state.
  53. The Buffalo River is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states.
  54. 47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain, at an average temperature of 143 F.
  55. The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres.

 

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