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The United States Arkansas

Updated on June 19, 2014

The State Of Arkansas

Discover the state of Arkansas and learn all about it here.

Arkansas is situated in the West South Central USA and is bordered by Missouri in the north, Mississippi and Tennessee in the east, Louisiana in the south, and Oklahoma in the west. This region comprising the state was bought by the USA from the French in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

Arkansas gets its name from an Indian word meaning, "land of downstream people." One of it's nicknames is the "Bear State" because local Indians once hunted brown bears in the region

The state capital is Little Rock. Other important cities in Arkansas include Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Hot Springs.

Arkansas fought on the Confederate side during the Civil War, however, in 1864 and 1865, there were both Confederate and Union governments in the state. A dispute over governorship in 1874 practically led to a civil war inside Arkansas.

President Eisenhower had to send troops to Little Rock in 1957 to ensure that African American students were allowed to attend a public high school in the state. Racism against African Americans ran high in the 1950's to 1960's with the battles over civil rights.

Ex President Bill Clinton was born in Arkansas and later became its governor.


Arkansas soil is fertile, and it's forests provide the raw materials for the lumber, wood product, pulpwood, and paper industries that have become important to the state. In addition to agriculture, the state has vast deposits of oil, natural gas, and bauxite. Ninety-five percent of the nation's production of bauxite occurs in Arkansas.

Arkansas is popular with tourists, many of whom visit the scenic Ozark Mountains where you can bathe in hot mineral springs and explore limestone caverns. Hot Springs National Park, which is located in the Ouachita Mountains, is also a popular tourist attraction.

Many thanks to for use of the state map.

Little Rock, Arkansas on the Map

The Arkansas State Song

Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas, Arkansas U.S.A.

It's the spirit of friendship, it's the spirit of hope

It's the Razorbacks every game they play.

Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas, Arkansas U.S.A.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are a Southern rock band formed in 1971. They are best known for their singles "If You Wanna Get T

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    • iijuan12 profile image

      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great idea! I just added my lens on Arkansas for Teachers & Travelers.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      Just added a lens to the plexo. I feel like I know Arkansas well!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Arkansas is a state I've yet to do more than drive through once on the way to exhibit at a conference. I know where to come if I ever have a change to actually spend time there.

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      Showpup LM 6 years ago

      I've never been to Arkansas but the title got me. What a neat idea for a lens. Inspiration for me to write some things up on the states I have lived in.

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      Great lens Poddys and what a great idea!

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      artshock 6 years ago

      Great lens Tony! I love Arkansas. I'm trying to add my Eureka Springs lens to your list, but for some reason it's not working.

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      Many enjoyable things in Arkansas!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      great lens - a great idea about making lenses on the states :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      That Jackie Blue song took me back!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Nice lens on my home state! I'll be lensrolling this lens to my lenses about places in Arkansas and will add them to the plexo (thanks for the opportunity). Good job, Poddys!

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      Ruth Coffee 8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Haven't been to Arkansas in many years. I recall a town named Eureka Springs. It was tiny but rather "scenic" or at least it was 35 years ago!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      This is a great idea for a series, Tony. (Off to visit California).

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Hey Tony! I do believe we have a few lensmasters in Arkansas! You are definitely on a roll now. No stopping you. ;)

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      Webcodes LM 8 years ago

      Great Arkansas lens Tony. 5*. That penguin is interesting..

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      Andy-Po 8 years ago

      Excellent. I like the format of these state lenses.

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Another great lens! 5 shiny state stars for you *****

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      A RovingReporter 8 years ago

      No reason for anyone not to know about Arkansas after reading this lens. Well done.

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      I like it Tony. A nifty guide and resource center of Arkansas. I can't wait to read about each State.

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      sirkeystone lm 8 years ago

      You beat me to this one! I'm actually going to do several about the hotspots in Arkansas. I need to write some up about the towns I grew up in, in Arizona too... Too many ideas for the small amount of time.

      Great lens! Already hit the 5* button!