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

  • The Old Mill
  • Arkansas Arts Center
  • Little Rock Film Festival
  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Little Rock National Cemetery
  • Rock Town Distillery
  • Riverfront Park
  • River Market District
  • The Promenade at Chenal Shopping Center
  • 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 1840, the MacArthur Park Historic District was built. In 1841, the Tower Building of the Little Rock Arsenal was completed. It is the home of the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. In 1863, the town was captured by Union troops. In 1880, General Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock. Also in 1880, the town had a railroad. About 20 years later, the city had nearly 40,000 residents. In 1904, the Abrams House was built. In 1909, the Bechle Apartment Building was built. The State Capitol building was completed in 1911. In 1915, the Baer House was built. In 1917, the Beyerlein House was built. In 1921, the Little Rock Amtrak station opened.

In 1924, the Albert Pike Memorial Temple was completed. In 1925, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church was built. In 1926, the H. M. Anderson House was completed. In 1931, the Old Mill, was completed. The mill is in the opening scenes of the classic movie Gone With The Wind.

In 1953, the Arkansas Power and Light Building was completed. 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.

In 1980, Chelsea Clinton was born in the city. 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.