Arkansas Facts

Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas Facts

Arkansas Facts

Arkansas was the twenty-fifth state to be admitted to the union, and was acquired by the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase. An Arkansas resident is known as an Arkansan.

Sam Walton founded his Wal-Mart stores in Bentonville, Arkansas. Former President William Jefferson Clinton was born and raised in Hope, Arkansas. The legendary singer Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas.

Other famous people from Arkansas include author and poet Maya Angelou, lawyer and legal thriller author John Grisham, Academy Award winning screenwriter and actor Billy Bob Thornton, composer Scott Joplin, Academy Award winning actress Mary Steenburgen, General Douglas MacArthur, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Hot Springs National Park Travel Poster

Central Garland County, Arkansas
Adjacent to the City of Hot Springs

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For thousands of years, Native Americans enjoyed the healing properties of the thermal springs in the Ouachita Mountains. Hot Springs Reservation was created by an act of Congress in 1832. This marked the first time the federal government set aside a piece of land to preserve its use for recreation. Known today as Hot Springs National Park, it has the distinction of being the oldest park maintained by the National Park Service. The park includes portions of downtown Hot Springs, which has since developed into a successful spa town.

Arkansas State Symbols

State Bird Northern Mockingbird and State Flower Apple Blossom
Learn more Arkansas facts with free state symbol coloring pages!

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Where is Arkansas?

Can you find Arkansas on the United States map? Hint: Arkansas is bordered by Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Most of Arkansas’s eastern border is formed by the Mississippi River.

Arkansas Facts

Arkansas State Motto
Regnat populus (Latin)
The people rule

Bill Clinton: Forty-Second President

Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents
Written and Illustrated by by Mike Venezia

Arkansas FactsBill Clinton: Forty-Second President (1993-2001)

The 42nd President of the United States was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. Bill Clinton (he assumed his stepfather’s surname as a teen) was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1978. At the ripe age of 32, he was the nation’s youngest governor and often called the “Boy Governor.” He served as Governor of Arkansas for five terms.

Arkansas State Quarter

Many Arkansas facts are shared on the U.S. Mint’s collectible state quarter.

Images: Rice stalks, a diamond, a mallard in flight over a lake, year of statehood (1836), year coin was minted (2003), E Pluribus Unum (motto from the Great Seal of the United States)

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Entered Union: June 15, 1836
Rank: 25

Arkansas State Flag

Show your pride for “The Natural State.” Find the best deals on Arkansas state flags, signs, decals, shirts, baby bibs, hats, stickers, cell phone cases, jewelry items, and other gift ideas.

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Arkansas State Nickname
The Natural State

Take the Arkansas State Quiz

Now that you’ve learned a few Arkansas facts, test your knowledge with a fun 10-question quiz.

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Arkansas State Capitol at Little Rock by Drew Tarvin. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

USA Facts for Kids Photo Credits

Quarter images by 50 State Quarters.org

Hot Springs National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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