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Louisiana Purchase bicentennial monument dedicated

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Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism State and local officials dedicated a new sculpture commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase survey on Monday, February 20th at 10 a.m., near the artwork located in front of the Statehouse Convention Center at 101 E. Markham St. in Little Rock. “Straight Lines [...]

Downtown's Crowned Jewel

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By Brigette Williams If you’ve driven through downtown Little Rock in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve noticed the transformation of the Robinson Auditorium into the new Robinson Center. While the exterior revisions are evident, the interior work will be unveiled Nov. 19 with a grand reveal. A monumental landmark on the corner of the busy[...]

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site proposed for world heritage status

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July 5, 2016 (Little Rock, AR) – A group of state and local leaders are working together to nominate multiple civil rights landmarks across the southern United States to be considered for World Heritage status from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Churches, schools, museums, a bus station and an iconic bridge will be[...]

Pea Ridge National Military Park offers recreation as well as preservation of battlefield

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Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism On March 7-8, 1862, some 10,500 Union soldiers turned back about 16,000 Confederate troops who were marching through extreme northwestern Arkansas en route to Missouri with hopes of capturing St. Louis. As a result of the battle, Missouri remained in Union hands for the duration of the[...]

Take a tour of Arkansas's historic bridges

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It’s no secret that Arkansas is known for its abundant rivers, lakes, streams and mountains. Yet, the trails and routes that transport Arkansans and visitors alike to these natural resources tell a story of their own. Nowhere is this more evident than in Arkansas’s historic bridges, which span geographic and manmade features such as waterways, busy railroad [...]