"Scenic Vistas Around Every Bend" Top 5 Page for this destination Arkansas by deecat
Arkansas Travel Guide: 1,314 reviews and 3,832 photos
"Who can be insensible to the beauty of the verdant hill and valley, to the sublimity of the clouded mountain?" British naturalist, Thomas Nuttall, describing Arkansas
Arkansas is a small, basically square-shaped state bordered by Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas; the entire eastern border is the great Mississippi River! However, across the River is Tennessee and Mississippi.
I found the people of Arkansas to be unique. The style of the people depends on which part of the state you visit. Western and central Arkansas remind me people in the Midwest; the southern and eastern parts of the state are like being in the deep south; lastly, the people of the northern hills are like the spirited people I've met in Missouri.
One of the most controversial issues concerning Arkansas is how to pronounce it! The state's name had several different spellings and pronunciations until the General Assembly settled the matter in 1881. Since then, the state's name has been pronounced AR-kun-saw but written Arkansas. . Never pronounce the "s"!
I remember this incident very well because I followed it closely.
In the 1950's, Arkansas lagged behind much of the rest of the country in the area of Civil Rights. In 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that separate public school for whites and blacks was unconstitutional. In 1957, nine black students enrolled in Little Rock's all-white Central High School. But, on opening day of the school, the Governor (Orval Faubus) called out the Arkansas National Guard Troops to block the black students from entering the school. President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered federal troops to enforce the intergration law.
The next year, the state let Faubus actually close down Little Rock's public schools! Finally, in 1959, Little Rock's schools reopened to both blacks and whites.
It was a sad time in U.S. history, and I personally think that the 9 students who enrolled at all-white Central H.S. in 1957 were real heroes. I'm not alone in that believe.
In 1997, the Little Rock Nine came back to Central High to commemorate its integration, and President Bill Clinton spoke saying, "Forty years ago today, the nine climbed these steps, passed through this door, and moved our nation. And for that, we must all thank them."
Photo courtesy of the Little Rock Archives
- Pros:Beautiful landscapes, hot springs, and mountains
- Cons:Lingering prejudice in parts of the state
- In a nutshell:A gorgeous state with friendly, down-to-earth people.
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