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History of Arkansas, USA

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 Arkansas, USA

"If I could rest anywhere it would be in Arkansas where the men are of the real half-horse, half-alligator breed such as grows nowhere else on the face of the universal earth." Attributed to frontiersman Davy Crockett

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

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.
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Arkansas means "people of the south wind".



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

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html

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

    www.ereferencedesk.com /resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html

  • 1826 - Smallpox epidemic reached Arkansas

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm

  • 1836 - Arkansas became twenty-fifth state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm

  • 1861 - Arkansas seceded from Union May 6; admitted to Confederate States of America

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm

  • 1887 - Bauxite (aluminum) discovered in Arkansas

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1891 - First "Jim Crow" law passed segregating blacks and whites on trains and trams

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm

  • 1895 - Arkansas
    Arkansas, a S. central state of the American Union, bounded N. by Missouri, E. by the Mississippi River, which separates it from Tennessee and Mississ...Read MORE...


  •  Arkansas, USA

    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  • February 13, 1905 - Morning lows of -29 degrees at Pond AR, -40 degrees at Lebanon KS, and -40 degrees at Warsaw MO established all-time records for those three states

    The Weather Channel

  • 1906 - Diamonds discovered near Murfreesboro, Arkansas

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm

  • News 1909 - March 8 - The town of Brinkley AR was struck by a tornado which killed 49 persons and caused 600,000 dollars damage.
    The tornado, which was two-thirds of a mile in width, destroyed 860 buildings. Entire families were killed as houses were completely swept away by the...Read MORE...


  • 1920 - Oil discovered near Smackover, Arkansas

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm

  •  Arkansas, USA
    The Dam at Devil's Den State Park, Fayetteville, Ark.
    Postcard
  •  Arkansas, USA
    Free Bridge, Fort Smith, Ark.

    The Free Bridge across the Arkansas River at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) was opened to traffic in May 1922. The bridge was the fourth to span the Arkansas River at Fort Smith.

    (Butler Center for Arkansas... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  •  Arkansas, USA
    Hotel Marion, Little Rock, Ark.
    500 Rooms, Absolutely Fireproof.

    "The Marion Hotel (also known as the Hotel Marion) in downtown Little Rock (Pulaski County) was one of the most famous businesses in Arkansas for much of the twentieth century.... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1927 - Over one-fifth of state flooded by Mississippi River

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm

  • 1932 - Hattie O. W. Caraway (D) was the first woman elected to the United States Senate. She succeeded her husband.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html

  • 1942 - Internment camps established for west coast Japanese-Americans

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm

  • 1952 - March 21 - Severe thunderstorms spawned thirty-one tornadoes across Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky.
    The tornadoes killed 343 persons and caused 15 million dollars damage. Arkansas and Tennessee each reported thirteen tornadoes. The towns of Judsonia ...Read MORE...


  • 1983 - Arkansas becomes the first state to require teachers to pass a basic skills test.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html



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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

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The Dam at Devil's Den State Park, Fayetteville, Ark.
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Free Bridge, Fort Smith, Ark.

The Free Bridge across the Arkansas River at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) was opened to traffic in May 1922. The bridge was the fourth to span the Arkansas River at Fort Smith.

(Butler Center for Arkansas... Read MORE...

Postcard

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Hotel Marion, Little Rock, Ark.
500 Rooms, Absolutely Fireproof.

"The Marion Hotel (also known as the Hotel Marion) in downtown Little Rock (Pulaski County) was one of the most famous businesses in Arkansas for much of the twentieth century.... Read MORE...

Postcard


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

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html
  • 1783 - The Colbert Incident occurred at Arkansas Post. It was the only Revolutionary War skirmish in the state.

    www.ereferencedesk.com /resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html
  • 1826 - Smallpox epidemic reached Arkansas

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm
  • 1836 - Arkansas became twenty-fifth state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm
  • 1861 - Arkansas seceded from Union May 6; admitted to Confederate States of America

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm
  • 1887 - Bauxite (aluminum) discovered in Arkansas

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1891 - First "Jim Crow" law passed segregating blacks and whites on trains and trams

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm
  • 1895 - Arkansas
    Arkansas, a S. central state of the American Union, bounded N. by Missouri, E. by the Mississippi River, which separates it from Tennessee and... Read MORE...

  • February 13, 1905 - Morning lows of -29 degrees at Pond AR, -40 degrees at Lebanon KS, and -40 degrees at Warsaw MO established all-time records for those three states

    The Weather Channel
  • 1906 - Diamonds discovered near Murfreesboro, Arkansas

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm
  • News  1909 - March 8 - The town of Brinkley AR was struck by a tornado which killed 49 persons and caused 600,000 dollars damage.
    The tornado, which was two-thirds of a mile in width, destroyed 860 buildings. Entire families were killed as houses were completely swept away by... Read MORE...

  • 1920 - Oil discovered near Smackover, Arkansas

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm
  • 1927 - Over one-fifth of state flooded by Mississippi River

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm
  • 1932 - Hattie O. W. Caraway (D) was the first woman elected to the United States Senate. She succeeded her husband.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html
  • 1942 - Internment camps established for west coast Japanese-Americans

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ artimeln.htm
  • 1952 - March 21 - Severe thunderstorms spawned thirty-one tornadoes across Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky.
    The tornadoes killed 343 persons and caused 15 million dollars damage. Arkansas and Tennessee each reported thirteen tornadoes. The towns of Judsonia ... Read MORE...

  • 1983 - Arkansas becomes the first state to require teachers to pass a basic skills test.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arkansas.html

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