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Arkansas Trivia

Arkansas Facts & Trivia

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Arkansas Trivia

Known as the "The Natural State," Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15th, 1835. The name "Arkansas" came from the French interpretation of a Sioux word "acansa." In Sioux, it means "downstream place."

 State: Designation: Year Designated:
Flower Apple Blossom 1901
Bird Mockingbird 1929
Tree Pine Tree 1939
Gem Diamond 1967
Rock Quartz Crystal 1967
Mineral Bauxite 1967
Insect Honey Bee 1973
Beverage Milk 1985
Instrument Fiddle 1985
Fruit & Blossom South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato 1987

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Interesting Community Information

  • Little River County courthouse is world-famous for its Christmas light display.
  • Alma claims to be the spinach capital of the world.
  • Pine Bluff is known as the world-center of archery bow production.
  • The magnet cove region claims to contain 102 varieties of minerals.
  • The community of Mountain View is called the folk capital of America, and is also home to one of the largest producers of handmade dulcimers in the world.
  • Mt. Ida is known as the quartz crystal capital of the world.
  • The world's championship duck calling contest is held annually in Stuttgart.
  • Since the 1930s, 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.

People From Arkansas

A person who lives in Arkansas is known as an "Arkansan." As a state, we have been proud to be the home or birthplace of many well-known people in a variety of areas. Who wouldn't be with so many accomplished Arkansans?

  • Arkansas' 44th Elected Governor, Mike Huckabee, was a GOP Primary contender for President in 2008 and 2016.
  • Our nation's 42nd President, William Jefferson Clinton, was born in Hope, and grew up in Hot Springs.
  • Sam Walton founded his Wal-Mart stores in his hometown of Bentonville.
  • Music legend Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland.
  • General Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock.
  • Novelist John Grisham was born in Jonesboro.
  • Scott Joplin, popular musician and composer, was born in Texarkana.
  • Former Cosmopolitan Magazine editor, Helen Gurley Brown, is from Green Forrest.
  • Actor Billy Bob Thornton was born in Hot Springs.
  • The Undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World, Jermain Taylor, is from Little Rock.
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Some other famous people who were born or grew up in Arkansas include:
  • Actress Joey Lauren Adams
  • Poet Maya Angelou
  • Actor James Bridges
  • Baseball Player Lou Brock
  • Alabama Crimson Tide Football Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
  • Singers Al Green, Glen Campbell, Colin Ray, & Tracy Lawrence
  • Pro Golfer John Daly
  • The NFL's Dallas Cowboy's Owner Jerry Jones
  • Dillard's Department Store Founder, William T. Dillard

Miscellaneous Facts About Arkansas

  • Elevation in the state ranges from 54 feet to 2,753 feet above sea level.
  • North Little Rock offers one of the nation's largest municipal parks.
  • Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes.
  • The state contains 6 national parks, 2.5 million acres of national forests, 7 national scenic byways, 3 state scenic byways, and 50 state parks.
  • Clark Bluff overlooking the St. Francis River contains enough chalk to supply the nation for years.
  • Stretching across 1,450 miles, The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system.
  • The geographic center of the state is located in Pulaski, which is 12 miles northwest of Little Rock.
  • Arkansas Post was the first permanent white settlement in the state, with its establishment being in 1686.


Located just outside of Murfreesboro, Crater of Diamonds State Park allows dedicated prospectors to search for precious gems, including:

  • Diamonds
  • Amethyst
  • Garnet
  • Jasper
  • Quartz

Licensed in the State of Arkansas