7 Facts about Arkansas
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1. Arkansas is the Natural State indeed. There are 18.7 million acres of national forest, fifty state parks, seven national scenic byways, and three state scenic byways. Arkansas’s forests could cover the entire country of Switzerland one and a half times.
2. Napoleon Bonaparte sold French Louisiana to the United States in 1803, including all of Arkansas, in a transaction known today as the Louisiana Purchase. Following the purchase, the balanced give-and-take relationship between settlers and Native Americans began to change all along the frontier, including in Arkansas. Following a controversy over allowing slavery in the territory, the Territory of Arkansas was organized on July 4, 1819. Gradual emancipation in Arkansas was struck down by one vote, the Speaker of the House Henry Clay, allowing Arkansas to organize as a slave territory.
3. In 1906 when John Huddlestone found two diamonds in the soil of his farm triggering the first "diamond rush" on American continent. The State of Arkansas purchased the property in 1972 and began operating it as "Crater of Diamonds State Park." The Crater of Diamonds is the only active diamond mine in the United States and the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public. For a small fee (as of 2015, $7 for adults, $4 for children), any person can enter the mine, search all day and keep any diamonds and other precious stones.
4. The capital and most populous city is Little Rock, located in the central portion of the state, a hub for transportation, business, culture, and government. The northwestern corner of the state, such as the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers Metropolitan Area and Fort Smith metropolitan area, is a population, education, and economic center.
5. Walmart, the superchain with 11,000 stores in 27 countries, opened its first store in Rogers in 1962 by Sam Walton. Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest company by revenue, is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart is also the biggest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees. On July 2, 1962, Walton opened the first Walmart Discount City store at 719 W. Walnut Street in Rogers, Arkansas.
6. Arkansas is home to the first piece of land protected by the United States government for recreational use. 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. 47 hot springs flow from Hot Springs Mountain, at an average temperature of 143 degrees.
7. The U.S. Supreme Court, in their 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, had deemed the racial segregation of public schools unconstitutional. In 1957 Arkansas drew national attention as the Governor Orval Faubus attempted to prevent nine African-American students from enrolling in an all-white high school in Little Rock. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent armed troops to Little Rock who escorted and protected the nine students as they went to school on September 25th of 1957.
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