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The main reason that Allan and I drove from Bella Vista to Bentonville, Arkansas, was to see this visitors center and experience the history and origin of Wal-Mart. My sister Ronda has worked at Wal-Mart in our hometown of Robinson, Illinois for years, and I wanted to see for myself what this company is all about.
It truly is an educational and historical facility filled with fascinating displays, videos, photographs, and philosophies. More than that, it is a history of retail. Located in the Walton family's original 5 & 10, it looks like a store from the old dime store days.
There are individual learning stations scattered throughout the facility where I learned about the amazing growth of this company.
I especially enjoyed seeing Mr. Sam's 1979 red and white Ford F-150 custom pickup truck that has about 66,000 miles on it. The truck also has cages on the back for his much-loved hungting dogs. [see third photo]
I also enjoyed the reconstructed Wal-Mart Home Office [left exactly as it was on the day that Sam died!]
In addition, I really loved all of the family photographs, the Sam philosophies, and the memorials to Sam, his brother, and his youngest son [see 2nd photo]
Impressive also was all the information about Sam's wife, Helen Walton who is still living and continues to do numerous good works for this community.
The center is FREE and is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
othercontact: 105 N. Main St., Bentonville, AR
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