"The Land of Opportunity" was adopted as Arkansas's nickname in 1953, alluding to a "bright outlook for the development of business, industry, and agriculture," according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. During the mid-1980s, the state's parks system began promoting Arkansas as “the Natural State," a name which proved more popular, and was eventually adopted in 1995.
Nestled high in the Ozark Mountains, Beaver Lake was completed in 1966 after the construction of Beaver Dam. At 73 miles long and 2 miles wide, the lake is the first of the impoundments created in Arkansas and Missouri along the lengthy White River system. Beaver Lake and Dam provides flood control, hydroelectric generation, water supply, and recreation.
Dogpatch USA is an abandoned hillbilly theme park located on Highway 7 between Harrison and Jasper in Arkansas. The park was opened in 1968, and was based on the famous Al Capp comic strip, Li'l Abner, which was set in a fictional village called Dogpatch. After a 25-year financial roller coaster of a ride, coupled with multiple changes in ownership, Dogpatch was finally closed on Oct. 14, 1993.
Closed in 2005, Dinosaur World was a 65-acre theme park in Beaver, Ark. with over 100 life-size sculptures of dinosaurs, cavemen and other prehistoric creatures. It was the largest dinosaur park in the world. » Read more here
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According to the Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture, the earliest recorded nicknames for our state were the "Bear State" and the "Toothpick State," but Arkansas didn't an official nickname until 1923, when the Arkansas Advancement Association persuaded the General Assembly to adopt the "Wonder State." A closer look
I bought a shirt like this at a thrift store 10 years ago and have since been offered all sorts of things for it including an old hat, a pair of stinky boots and a bowl of "the best ever" leftover cheese dip. So I finally recreated it. Keep your crap and buy this shirt.
What's a pirate's favorite state?
The White River's 722-mile-long meandering course creates a variety of environments from the fast-flowing headwaters of the upper White to the slower-moving stretches farther down the river. Between these two extremes are a variety of smaller streams and lakes that provide excellent habitats for trout fishing. Six dams in Arkansas and two in Missouri, all constructed by the 1960s along the upper river and its tributaries, create manmade lakes and generate hydroelectric power for the region. Numerous state parks and wildlife reserves are associated with these areas.
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The Buffalo River begins in the Boston Mountains and flows north and then eastward through the Ozark Mountains until it merges 150 miles later with the White River. With giant towering bluffs and countless waterfalls, the upper Buffalo is one heckuva place. In fact, in 1972, Congress designated it as America's first national river. Float it and see for yourself.
The headwaters of the Mulberry River originate in the highest and most rugged mountains of the Ozarks making it very temperamental (read: fun). The pools are long, but the rapids are big. The Mulberry offers about 40 miles of good canoeing. Depending on the water level most who set out to float can cover anywhere from 6 to 15 miles in a day.
Arkansas is awesome. Your hair is awesome. The 80s were awesome. Wear it.
Dogpatch USA is an abandoned hillbilly theme park located on Highway 7 between Harrison and Jasper. The park was opened in 1968, and was based on the famous Al Capp comic strip, Li'l Abner, which was set in a fictional village called Dogpatch. After a 25-year financial roller coaster ride, coupled with multiple changes in ownership, Dogpatch was finally closed on October 14, 1993. Dogpatch USA Here is a documentary project done at the University of Arkansas about Dogpatch USA. We highly recommend checking it out if you've got the time.
Biking in Arkansas is incredible. We've got numerous dirt roads and trails, miles and miles of paved paths and breath-taking scenic highway routes available nearly year-round. There's the Arkansas River Trail in Little Rock, an ever-expanding network of city trails in Fayetteville, lots of clubs, organizations and coalitions, and a ton of statewide events to choose from. There's plenty of races, too, including the Joe Martin Stage Race, the Tour de Rock, the Joe Weber Arky 100, and the Big Dam Bridge 100. The list goes on.
Some folks say "Red touching yellow—kill a fellow; red touching black—friend of Jack." "Watch Out!" is way quicker.
For the longest time, Arkansas had only one area code. 501 was king. Then came 870 around 1997 which covered east and south Arkansas. Four years later, Northwest Arkansas (Walmart, Tyson, the University of Arkansas) got its own digits. NWA, represent.
Who knew Arkansas was a tongue twister? Say it six times real fast. Nice cheering!
When Willie Kavanaugh Hocker first designed the official Arkansas state flag, it featured only three stars inside the diamond and did not bear the state's name. According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, the three stars represented: 1) That Arkansas had belonged to three countries—France, Spain, and the United States—before statehood 2) That 1803 was the year of the Louisiana Purchase, which included present-day Arkansas 3) That Arkansas was the third state created from the Louisiana Purchase. The 25 outside stars symbolized that Arkansas was the 25th state admitted to the Union, and finally,…