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Star lover
June 11th, 2018, 07:36 AM
Arkansas Facts and Trivia:

- 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.

- 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.

- Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers.

- 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.

- 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.


- Mountain View, Arkansas is home to one of the largest producers of handmade dulcimers in the world.


- 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 President Bill Clinton.

- 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.

- Clark Bluff overlooking the St. Francis River contains chalk to supply the nation for years.

- Famous singer Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland.

- The Magnet Cove region claims to contain 102 varieties of minerals.


The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart.

- Sam Walton founded his Wal-Mart stores in Bentonville.

- Mount Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. The quartz crystal is the official state rock. It was designated in 1967.

- Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

- Alma claims to be the Spinach Capital of the World.

- Little River County Courthouse is world famous for it's Christmas lights display.

- General Douglas MacArthur, soldier and statesman, was born in Little Rock in 1880.

- Established near the mouth of the Arkansas River in 1686, Arkansas Post was the first permanent white settlement in the state.

- 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.

- Scott Joplin, popular musician and composer, was born in Texarkana.

- Diamonds were first discovered in Arkansas by John W. Huddleston in 1906 where Crater of Diamonds State Park stands now. The diamond is the official state gem. It was designated in 1967.

- The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system. Its total length is 1,450 miles.

- 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.


Ouachita National Forest reigns as the oldest national forest in the South.

- The lowest point in the state occurs along the Ouachita River.

- Origin of state's name: French interpretation of a Sioux word acansa, meaning downstream place. Itís strictly prohibited by law to mispronounce the state name. Itís ďAr-kan-saw.Ē

- A person from Arkansas is called an Arkansan.

- In 1783 the Colbert Incident occurred at Arkansas Post. It was the only Revolutionary War skirmish in the state.

- The Buffalo River is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states.

- 47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain, at an average temperature of 143 F.

- The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres.


- Cheese dogs were created in Little Rock at the Finkbeiner Meat Packing Company in 1956 by inserting cheese into the center of a hot dog.

- 15 meteorites have been discovered in Arkansas.

- In 1876, two Fayetteville newspaper editors had a street fight to settle their differences. The loser had to sell his paper and leave town, which he did.

- After getting injured in a car accident, Bonnie Parker and fellow notorious bank robber Clyde Barrow stole another car and hid out in a tourist camp in Fort Smith in 1933.

- Arkansas produces more rice than any other state. Rice production in Arkansas is a $6 billion industry.

Tours you can take in Arkansas (Thank you Lorie {Hulamoon}):

- Diamond Bear Brewing: Little Rock, Arkansas
- Mountain Valley Spring Company ( bottles spring water): Hot Springs, Arkansas
- Terra Studios ( artisan glass and pottery): Durham, Arkansas
- Wal-Mart Visitors Center: Bentonville, Arkansas

June 11th, 2018, 08:38 AM
Very interesting, thank you!

Debbie Watters
June 11th, 2018, 01:18 PM
Interesting ... thanks for posting ...

June 11th, 2018, 01:57 PM
Rogers (next door to Bentonville) has the Daisy BB Gun museum. Don't put your eye out!!
There were over 770 civil war battles fought in Arkansas and many of them are open to the public.
One of only three purse museums in the world is in Little Rock for all you fashionistas.