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( The Land of Opportunity / The Wonder State )
Arkansas Map The early French explorers of the state gave it its name, which is probably a phonetic spelling for the French word for "downriver" people, a reference to the Quapaw Indians and the river along which they settled. Arkansas, which joined the Union in 1836, was the 25th state. Arkansas' early economy was largely one of agriculture, with cotton as the main cash crop. Sawmilling was the earliest industry. Cotton and lumber are still important, but they no longer dominate the economy. Today, Arkansas' manufacturing income exceeds its agricultural income, but the state's basic wealth is still in its farms, forests, and mines. Arkansas is a beautiful land of mountains and valleys, thick forests and fertile plains. The Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges in northern and western Arkansas are known as the Highlands; the southern and eastern parts of Arkansas are called the Lowlands. Tourists enjoy the state's natural beauty, its many recreational facilities and its historic sites. Arkansas' mineral and hot spring waters are well-known. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Arkansas include: Sonny Liston, Billy Bob Thornton,

The Flag of Arkansas
Arkansas state flag Entered the Union in 1836 as the 25th State; flag adopted in 1913, modified in 1923 and 1924. Arkansas' rank in the Union is indicated by the stars which border the diamond, recalling that it is the only State where minerals are mined. The four stars in the diamond refer to important aspects of Arkansas history.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Little Rock, 183,133; Fort Smith, 80,268; North Little Rock, 60,433; Fayetteville, 58,047; Jonesboro, 55,515; Pine Bluff, 55,085; Springdale, 45,798; Conway, 43,167; Rogers, 38,829; Hot Springs, 35,750
Business and Trade in Arkansas
Agriculture: Poultry and eggs, soybeans, sorghum, cattle, cotton, rice, hogs, milk.

Industries: Food processing, electric equipment, fabricated metal products, machinery, paper products, bromine, vanadium.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Flower: Apple blossom
  • Tree: Pine (pinus)
  • Song(s): Arkansas
    Oh, Arkansas
  • Motto: Regnat Populus (The people rule)

Arkansas Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Rockefeller Lake-Ormand L & D-Ark.Riv.Nav.Sys - CONWAY
Lake Greeson - Murfreesboro
Lake Ouachita - Royal
Gillham Lake - DeQueen,
Jessieville Visitor Center - Jessieville
capital  Capital: Little Rock

statehood  Statehood: 1836-06-15

population  Population:
2,673,400 (51.3 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 53,178.62
    Water 1,110.45
    Land 52,068.17
    Rank 27th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Louisiana, Mississippi - Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Arkansas, there are 1,173,043 housing units, averaging to 22.5 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Arkansas - Large Letter Scenes
Arkansas - Large Letter Scenes
Giclee Print 12" x 9"

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