Arkansas

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Abbreviation AR
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Little Rock
Population 2,915,918
Source: Resident Population Data - 2010 Census
Governor Mike Bebee (Democrat, to January 2015)
Entered the Union June 15, 1836
as the 25th state
Motto Regnat Populus (The People Rule)
Nickname The Natural State, The Land of Opportunity
Flower Apple Blossom
Bird Mockingbird
Song "Arkansas"
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the Quapaw word meaning "south wind"
Historical Sites Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Toltec Mounds National Archeological State Park, Pea Ridge National Military Park
Points of Interest Hot Springs National Park, Buffalo National River, the Ozark Mountains, Clinton Presidential Center and Park
Bordering States Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
Flag Arkansas' flag

Follow these links to read articles about Arkansas from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Arkansas
    http://www.50states.com/arkansas.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Arkansas. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Arkansas
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/AR/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about entertainment, recreation, and travel in Arkansas, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Arkansas Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/ar.html
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in Arkansas.
  • The Aerospace Education Center
    http://www.aerospaced.org/
    The Aerospace Education Center is Arkansas' #1 entertainment and education attraction.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Arkansas
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/05000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Arkansas.
  • The United States' only active diamond mine is located near Murfreesboro. It is operated as a tourist attraction. Diamonds are also Arkansas' state gem.
  • Arkansas has experienced only one major earthquake. The New Madrid earthquake of 1811-1812 affected the northeastern part of the state.
  • Little Rock got its name from a natural stone landmark on the bank of the Arkansas River. There was also a "Big Rock" located further upstream.
  • President Bill Clinton was born in Hope, but he grew up in Hot Springs, site of Arkansas' most popular national park.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Maya Angelou, dancer, poet, and author of many books, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Hattie Caraway, first woman Senator
  • Johnny Cash, country-western singer
  • Presidents from Arkansas with links to ipl2's POTUS (Presidents of the United States) page:
  • Douglas MacArthur, Five-Star General in the U.S. Army
  • Mary Steenburgen, actress
  • Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart