Want to know more about our great state? Here are 26 things from A to Z…some of them familiar; others a surprise.
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American Taekwondo Association
The American Taekwondo Association National Headquarters is located in Little Rock. Don't mess with Arkansas!
Budweiser Beer Can
A farmer in Lavaca loved Budweiser so much that he painted his silo to look like a beer can.
Crater of Diamonds State Park
Explore 37.5 groomed acres, where you can hunt for diamonds, and keep what you find.
Deep Fried Dill Pickles
This deep-fried delicacy originated at the Duchess Drive-in in Atkins. Bernell "Fatman" Austin created the concept in the summer of 1963.
Eureka Springs is known as Arkansas’ “Little Switzerland” because of the nearby mountains.The historic district is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also the location of the Crescent Hotel, Arkansas’ most haunted hotel.
The legendary Fouke Monster supposedly looks like a sasquatch. It reportedly roams the countryside, killing chickens and terrifying local residents.
Greers Ferry Lake
Greers Ferry Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in the country. It's perfect for recreation.
Hot Springs National Park
The water in the springs reaches temperatures of more than 140 Fahrenheit. Learn about their history at the park and soak at the bathhouse.
Arkansas inventions include the deep fried pickle (see above), the process of putting sound on film, the Bowie knife and everyone's favorite childhood toy; the Wonder Horse.
By Sun Records/Public Domain
One of the world's most beloved music legends hails from Arkansas, Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland on February 26, 1932.
With more than 2,000 lakes, Arkansas is the perfect place to kayak. This guy is having fun on Beaver Lake.
Little Rock Nine
The Little Rock Nine made history in Arkansas in 1957 as the first black students at Central High School in Little Rock.
Mount Magazine is Arkansas' highest peak at 2,753 feet above sea level. The mountain is also renowned for its beauty and recreational opportunities.
Novelist John Grisham
Novelist John Grisham was born in Jonesboro on February 8, 1955.
Ouachita National Forest
The Ouachita National Forest covers nearly 1.8 million acres. The word "Ouachita" is French and means "Good hunting grounds." It's a beautiful spot for a scenic drive, hiking, backpacking and biking.
President William Jefferson Clinton
William Jefferson Clinton, born in Hope, AR, was the Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992. He was elected as the 42nd President of the United States, and served from 1993 to 2001.
The Quapaw Quarter in Little Rock is a restored historic district that features Antebellum, Victorian and Craftsman-style architecture. Its neighborhoods include the Governor's Mansion District, MacArthur Park and South Main Residential Historic Districts.
If you're an Arkansan, odds are good that you're a Razorbacks fan. The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville provides plenty of opportunities to cheer for its teams; football, baseball, basketball and more.
Ada, Arkansas claims to be the Spinach Capital of the World. In 1987, Alma canned more than 60% of the country's spinach. As part of a marketing campaign, the city proclaimed itself the Spinach Capital, and it stuck.
Toad Suck Daze
One of Arkansas’ largest, most popular festivals. The town of Conway hosts as many as 150,000 festival-goers over three days. In addition to craft vendors, food and music, the toad races are well worth the trip.
U.S. Senator Hattie Caraway
By Unknown - United States Library of Congress, Public Domain
U.S. Senator Hattie Caraway represented Arkansas as the first woman to serve a full term in the Senate in 1932.
Arkansas welcomes approximately 26 million visitors each year. Tourism adds $6.7 billion to the state’s coffers annually.
Rogers, Arkansas was the site of the first Walmart store, which opened in 1962. The company’s headquarters are in Bentonville.
X Marks the Spot
There are several spots in Arkansas where buried treasure might exist, including treasure buried by outlaw Jesse James and Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.
"You Run Deep in Me"
"Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)" is one of Arkansas' official state songs.
The Little Rock Zoo is home to more than 600 animals. It's the only zoo in Arkansas accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.