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Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock is centrally located in the U.S. State of Arkansas and is the capital and the largest city in the state. Little Rock incorporated 1831. In Little Rock, you will find the state's only medical school. It is a very clean city. In 2011, The Forbes magazine appointed Little Rock as the 2nd cleanest city in America.

To See And To Do In Little Rock

  • Arkansas Arts Center
  • Little Rock Film Festival
  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Little Rock National Cemetery
  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

History Of Little Rock - Timeline

In 1722, French explorers arrived by boat and established a trading post. In 1812, the fur trapper William Lewis arrived and built a cabin. In 1819, the land speculator William Russell bought William Lewis' land and cabin and staked out a town site. In 1821, the Little Rock settlement was chosen as the capital of Arkansas Territory. The city was founded in 1831. And in 1836, Little Rock official became the state's capital. About 400 people lived there at the time and the town had 60 buildings.

In 1863, the town was captured by Union troops. In 1880, the town had a railroad. About 20 years later, the city had nearly 40,000 residents. The State Capitol building was completed in 1911. In 1921, the Little Rock Amtrak station opened.

In 1957, Nine black students made civil rights history when they entered Central High School. Governor Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent the students from entering. The Central High School became the site of an important test of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. The ruling held racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. The public high schools closed for one year. In 1976, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre was founded.

On June 1, 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420 overran the runway upon landing in Little Rock and crashed. 11 people were killed in the crash.