Arkansas, one of the west south central states, is known as
The Natural State for stunning mountain landscapes, clear running streams and
parks. The state capital and most populous city is Little Rock.
It was previously part of French Louisiana and was admitted to
the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836. The Delta region is where the
blues were born and Johnny Cash’s musical journey began. Bill Clinton, another
Arkansas son, also launched his political path in the state. In the 1960s, Arkansas
became the base of the Walmart corporation, the world's largest retailer,
headquartered in Bentonville. The state is also the rice capital of the world.
Dusk shot of Little Rock skyline, the capital city of the southern U.S. city of
Little Rock. Photograph by Carol M. Highsmith, taken on November 8, 2020
(Library of Congress).
Blanchard Springs Caverns & Recreation Area, northern region. It offers a rich
outdoor experience. You can see waterfalls and swim in the clear waters of the
North Sylamore Creek. Hike into the Ozark woods for an hour or a weekend
(Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism).
Little Rock Central High School, a national historic site (NPS photo). In 1957,
Little Rock became the symbol of state resistance to school desegregation.
Arkansas Governor Orval E. Faubus questioned the sanctity of the federal court
system and the authority of the United States Supreme Court's desegregation
ruling while nine African American high school students sought an education at
the all-white Little Rock Central High School. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
was compelled to use federal troops to ensure the rights of African American
children to attend the previously all-white school.
Thorncrown Chapel located on Highway 62 West just outside of Eureka Springs,
Arkansas, opened in 1980. Constructed in wooden structure, with 425 windows and
over 6,000 square feet of glass.
Below, a view of Bathhouse Row from above, Hot Springs National Park. It has a
rich cultural past and it is a unique and beautiful destination
(photo Mitch Smith / NPS).
A ranger speaks with a group of people outside of the historic Boxley Grist Mill
in Boxley Valley, Buffalo National River (photo Terra
Fort Smith National Historic Site, Visitor Center (NPS photo). The first Fort
Smith was established on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C.
Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896. Fort Smith National
Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history.
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