The historic, downtown River Market District has been part of a revitalization of the river front over the past decade. The River Market itself includes an outdoor farmer's market, being offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays, late April through October, and an indoor market where shopkeepers offer everything from gourmet coffee to fresh sushi. The area has become a center of activity, fueled by the addition of new restaurants, hot local bars and unique shops. Events like Big Downtown Thursday, the annual Riverfest (in the River front Park adjacent to River Market), and Big Cruisefest in the Rock bring people down to the area. The area west of downtown along Mark ham Street is known as the Hill crest Historic District. This is a National Register of Historic Places collection, being one of the earliest residential areas of the city, featuring beautiful turn of the century homes and cottages dating back to the early part of the 20th century. River dale is home to the headquarters of ALLTEL Corp., as well as apartments, condos and luxurious modern housing
North Little Rock
The Old Mill, famous for being the backdrop to the opening credits in Gone With the Wind, is open for tours. The Argenta Historic District is a large area that includes many structures, including city hall, churches, and a military post. North Little Rock is also the site of ALLTEL Arena, which is home of the UALR Trojan basketball team, the RimRockers basketball team and the Arkansas Twisters arena football team, as well as a number of touring events. There are many smaller neighborhoods, which you might discover on your own. Each area of town has its little bustling corner, some naturally more bustling than others. Civic pride is evident in the growth and vitality of North Little Rock.
West Little Rock
If you drive west on Interstate 630 from the downtown area, you'll soon find yourself on Chenal Parkway. After crossing Shackleford Road, you are greeted by a seemingly endless string of restaurants, hotels and shops, all the way to Chenal Valley, one of the newest residential developments in the city. The Chenal Country Club and Pleasant Valley Country Club are beautiful, top-rated golf courses in the area.Bowman Road, Bowman Curve and West Markham, in West Little Rock, offer more shopping, dining and entertainment. Arkansas Highway 10 takes you to Lake Maumelle and Pinnacle Mountain State Park, two of Little Rock's most popular outdoor recreation areas.
Benton---Located 20 miles Southwest of Little
Rock, Arkansas, Benton offers a town rich
in history which includes the Benton County
Courthouse, Gann Building Museum and Shoppach
Conway---Located 30 miles north of Little
Rock, Arkansas. Conway offers a frequent
stop for travelers on their way to Branson
and has become the central gateway to the
Jacksonville---Located 15 miles northeast
of Downtown Little Rock. Jacksonville is
the third largest city in the Little Rock
surrounding area and offers the unique surroundings
of a small town environment, while being
near the bid city amenities.
East---Transportation hub, with major interstate
highways, rail centers, a busy airport and
an Arkansas River port for barge traffic
that links with the Mississippi River and
on to the New Orleans international port.
Little Rock is the medical center for the
state and has two nationally recognized facilities:Arkansas
Children's Hospital and UAMS Medical Center.
Central Arkansas' nine medical centers and
hospitals are enhanced by other outstanding
medical treatment facilities including a
heart hospital, psychiatric hospitals and
several sports medicine complexes.
Maumelle---Only 19 miles from downtown Little
Rock boasts many fine schools ranging from
pre-kindergarten to graduate levels. Outstanding
colleges and universities in the Little Rock
area include Philander Smith College and
Webster University, Little Rock; Shorter
College, North Little Rock; and Central Baptist
Cabot- 25 miles from Little Rock Cabot is
a city in Lonoke County, in the Little Rock
metro area. The community is in the Central
Standard time zone. The estimated population,
in 2003, was 18,148.
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is a state
in the southern United
States. The 2000
census was 2,673,400.
was a slave state that was admitted as a pair with Michigan
Arkansas was named in honor of this state.
French explorers of the state gave it its name, which is probably
a phonetic spelling for the French word for "downriver" people,
a reference to the Quapaw people and the river along which
they settled. Other Native
American nations living in present-day Arkansas were Caddo
which joined the Union in 1836, was the 25th state. Arkansas
seceded from the Union on May
during the American
Civil War and was later readmitted after Reconstruction.
is the only one with an official pronunciation. The traditional
form "arkanSAW" was made official by the state legislature
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governor of Arkansas is Mike
Huckabee, a Republican.
Huckabee, who had been elected lieutenant governor in a 1993
special election, ascended to the governor's office when Governor
Guy Tucker, a Democrat,
was convicted of felony mail fraud as part of the Whitewater
Scandal. This led to a state "Constitutional crisis" when
Tucker refused to give up the governor's office for a short
period of time, because the Arkansas Constitution does not
allow a convicted felon to be governor of the state. Tucker
had been lieutenant governor under Bill
Clinton and had become governor as a result of Clinton's
election to the presidency.
the lieutenant governor is elected separately from the governor
and thus can be from a different political party.
of Arkansas is Little
Rock. Arkansas is the only state in the US where
are found naturally.
Arkansas border is the Mississippi
River. Arkansas shares its southern border with Louisiana,
its northern border with Missouri
and its western border with Texas
Arkansas is a beautiful land of mountains and valleys, thick
forests and fertile plains. The Ozark and Ouachita mountain
ranges in northern and western Arkansas are known as the Highlands;
the southern and eastern parts of Arkansas are called the
total gross state product for 1999 was $64 billion placing
Arkansas 33rd in the nation. Its Per Capita Personal
Income for 2000 was $22,257, 47th in the nation.
The state's argiculture outputs are poultry and eggs, soybeans,
sorghum, cattle, cotton, rice, hogs, and milk. Its industrial
outputs are food processing, electric equipment, fabricated
metal products, machinery, paper products, bromine, and vanadium.
state's population was 2,673,400.
Important Cities and Towns
Colleges and Universities
of Arkansas System
of Arkansas at Little Rock
of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
of Arkansas at Monticello
of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
of Central Arkansas
of the Ozarks