Interesting Arkansas Facts:
The word “Arkansas” is from the Quapaw Indian language, meaning “south wind.”
Arkansas has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.
Mt. Ida in Arkansas is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.
Elevations in Arkansas range from 54 ft above sea level to 2,753 ft above at Mt. Magazine, the highest point.
While it is legal to shoot bears in Arkansas, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking photographs is prohibited. (And stupid too)
Arkansas has over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers.
Arkansas boasts 6 National Park Sites, two-and-a half million acres of National Forests, 7 National Scenic byways, and 50 State Parks.
It is illegal to keep an alligator in your bathtub in Arkansas.
The World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart, AR
The Spinach Capital of the World is located in Alma, Arkansas.
Hope, Arkansas is the Watermelon Capital of the World.
Hope, Arkansas has produced a U.S. President and two Arkansas governors.
The first woman elected to the U.S. Senate was from Arkansas (Hattie Caraway) in 1932.
The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system 1,450 miles
Milk was designated as the official state beverage in 1985.
Quachita National Forest is the oldest National Forest in the South.
In 1783, the only Revolutionary War skirmish in Arkansas (a territory then) was at the “Arkansas Post” (the Colbert incident)
The Buffalo River is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states.
The fiddle was designated the official state instrument in 1985.
The entire city limits of Eureka Springs is designated as a Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1876, two rival newspaper editors in Fayetteville carried their editorial fight into the streets, agreeing that the loser would sell his newspaper and leave town. And he did.
Arkansas is proud of its Country singers Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, Tracy Lawrence, Conway Twitty, Collin Raye, and Joe Nichols.
Lastly, in Little Rock, a flirtation between a man and a woman in public can result in a 30-day jail term—just sayin’.
(Adapted from Legend of America)