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Crazy Arkansas Laws

Updated on August 26, 2018
Historic Arkansas Mill
Historic Arkansas Mill | Source

Crazy Laws

There are laws in every state that have been on the books for so long that nobody remembers how they came to be. Each and every state has it's own special crazy laws In this segment I am listing a few of those laws that are still on the books in Arkansas. In true crazy laws form some of them leave you scratching your head and saying "hummmmm".

Arkansas Devil's Den State Park Waterfall
Arkansas Devil's Den State Park Waterfall | Source

Crazy Laws of Arkansas

  • Honking one's car horn at a sandwich shop after 9 PM is against the law.
  • It is unlawful to walk one's cow down Main Street after 1 pm on a Sunday.
  • Arkansas must be pronounced "Arkansaw".
  • Dogs may not bark after 6 PM.
  • In Little Rock it is illegal to yell at your kids at a drive in restaurant.
  • It is against the law to keep an alligator in the bathtub.
  • The Arkansas River can rise no higher than the Main Street Bridge in Little Rock.
  • Movies shown in Arkansas are not allowed to show someone smoking.
  • Flirtation between members of the opposite sex on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30 day jail term.
  • A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair will not get a raise.

Little Arkansas River
Little Arkansas River | Source

Arkansas Fun Facts

  • Arkansas has the only active diamond mine in the United States.
  • Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836.
  • Established near the mouth of the Arkansas River in 1686, Arkansas Post was the first permanent white settlement in the state.
  • Arkansas-native Hattie Caraway was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in November 1932.
  • There are 6 National Parks and more than 50 State Parks in the State of Arkansas.
  • Cheese dogs were created in Little Rock at the Finkbeiner Meat Packing Company in 1956 by inserting cheese into the center of a hot dog.
  • Wal-Mart stores were founded in Bentonville, Arkansas by Sam Walton.
  • Arkansas's official state rock is the Quartz crystal.
  • The state bird of Arkansas is the Mockingbird.
  • More than half the state of Arkansas is covered by forestland.
  • Mountain View is home to one of the largest producers of handmade dulcimers in the world.
  • The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres of land.
  • Alma, Arkansas is known as the Spinach Capital of the World
  • The official state flower of Arkansas is the apple blossom.
  • Tyson Foods, now the world’s largest producer and marketer of chicken, began with a single truck shipping chickens from Arkansas to Chicago in 1935.
  • One of America's finest restoration projects, the Quapaw Quarter features some of Little Rock's oldest structures including Victorian and antebellum homes, churches, MacArthur Park, and the Old Arsenal.

Don Henry and Kevin Ives before that fateful night.
Don Henry and Kevin Ives before that fateful night. | Source

Mysterious Arkansas

If you are looking for mysterious, unexplained happenings, you will find a few in Arkansas. For example:

  • The Train Deaths of Don Henry and Kevin Ives

This is known as Arkansas's most famous cold case. Back on August 23,1987 in the town of Bryant located in Central Arkansas, the bodies of two boys were found dead on the train tracks. By the time the train conductor spotted them lying on the tracks it was too late to stop.

The medial examiner said the boys were under the influence of marijuana and had passed out on the tracks. The deaths were declared accidental.

Their families were enraged by the finding and finally arranged for the bodies to be exhumed and reexamined.

This time a different examiner found that the boys were found to have injuries that occurred before the train accident. Their shirts were tattered and torn, there was evident of stab marks, and blunt force trauma to the head. This examiner felt they were dead before they were hit by the train.

There were also reports coming in from people who claimed to have seen police beating them senseless before throwing them in the back of a truck and taking off with them.

The case has not been solved but it is now known as "a definite homicide.

  • Ghost Sights

    Arkansas has two of it's own "Ghost Lights" or "Orbs", one in Crossett and one in Gurdon. They are similar in that they both are seen moving through the woods.

    The Crossett ghostly orb is said to have originated from a train accident when a worker was beheaded. There are two stories about what the ghostly light is. One is said to be the man looking for his head, the other is the wife looking for his head.
    The Gurdon Orb is said to be caused by a well know murder. In the 1930's a railroad foreman was murdered along the tracks. It is said to be William McClain walking the railroad tracks. Maybe he is looking for the person or persons who killed him.

Murder On The Tracks

As I was updating this hub I became fascinated by the stories about Kevin Ives and Don Henry. I have included two videos about this case. Unfortunately I could not find the first part of this three parter.

However there are many videos on youtube that you can view if you are interested.

© 2009 Susan Hazelton


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