Arkansas Fast Facts & Trivia

Pool of hot spring water in Hot Springs National Park

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

  • The Arkansas Post was founded in 1686 near the mouth of the Arkansas River and was the state's first permanent white settlement.

  • The state's geographic center is in Pulaski, 12 miles northwest of Little Rock.

  • The town of Fairfield Bay is located on the north shore of Greers Ferry Lake, a 40,000 acre mountain lake with crystal clear waters in the center of Arkansas.

  • The University of Central Arkansas was founded in Conway in 1907.

  • The average temperature in July is 81.4 degrees; January 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.

  • The diamond is the official jewel of the state. It was named in 1967.

  • Arkansas is officially known as The Natural State.

  • The Arkansas River is the longest stream flowing into the Mississippi Missouri River system. Its total length is 1,450 miles.

  • The ripe pink tomato of the South Arkansas vine is the official state fruit and blossom. It was named in 1987.

  • Milk is the official state drink. It was named in 1985.

  • The largest freestanding rock formation in Eureka Springs has a base perimeter of about 10 inches and the peak measures nearly 10 feet above.

  • The apple blossom is the official state flower. It was named in 1901.

  • The Ouachita National Forest is considered the oldest national forest in the south.

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

  • Origin of the name: French interpretation of a Sioux word acansa, which means "downstream".

  • A person from Arkansas is called Arkansan.

  • The honeybee is the official state insect. It was officially named in 1973.

  • In 1783, the Colbert incident occurred in Arkansas Post. It was the only skirmish in the American Revolutionary War.

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

  • The violin is the official state instrument. It was named in 1985.

  • 47 hot springs are flowing from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain at an average temperature of 143 F.

  • The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million hectares.

  • The quartz crystal is the official state rock. It was named in 1967.

  • State elevators range from 54 feet above sea level in the far southeast corner to 2,753 feet above Mount Magazine, the highest point in the state.

  • North Little Rock offers one of the largest urban parks in the country.

  • The community Mountain View is called the Folk Capital of America. The town preserves the pioneering spirit and presents it to visitors from March to October at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

  • The road to the White House for President Bill Clinton began in Hope, then led to Hot Springs, Fayetteville and Little Rock.

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

  • The state contains six national parks, two and a half million acres of state forests, seven national roads, three scenic by-roads and fifty state parks.

  • One of America's finest restoration projects, Quapaw Quarter is home to some of Little Rock's oldest structures, including Victorian and Antebellum houses, churches, MacArthur Park and the Old Arsenal.

  • Mountain View is home to one of the largest producers of hand-made meatballs in the world.

  • Since the 1830s, the area now known as Hot Springs National Park has bathed famous figures such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Babe Ruth and Al Capone. The park is completely surrounded by the city of Hot Springs, home of President Bill Clinton.

  • Located just outside of Murfreesboro, Crater of Diamonds State Park enables dedicated prospectors to search for gems such as diamonds, amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate and quartz.

  • The Mockingbird is the official state bird. It was named in 1929.

  • Clark Bluff, overlooking the St. Francis River, contains chalk to feed the nation for years.

  • The famous singer Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland.

  • The apple blossom is the official state flower. It was named in 1901.

  • The Magnet Cove region is said to contain 102 different minerals.

  • The Duck Calling Contest takes place every year in Stuttgart.

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

  • Mount Ida is known as the quartz crystal capital of the world.

  • Arkansas became the 25th state on 15 June 1836.

  • The pine is the official state tree. It was named in 1939.

  • Pine Bluff is known as the worldwide center of sheetfed production.

  • Camden was the site of the Fort Lookout skirmish and the Battle of Poison Springs

  • Bauxite is the official state mineral. It was named in 1967.

  • Alma claims to be the spinach capital of the world.

  • Little River County Courthouse is world famous for its Christmas lights.

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