February 22, 2003


Arkansas - "The Natural State"

Adam: "1. We are the only state that could build a wall around its borders and survive with all of our existing natural resources.
2. We don't have Bill Clinton anymore.
3. Hillary either.
4. Duck hunting capital of the world.
5. First National River.
6. Only state where a man can go bankrupt in the five and dime business, over to the other side of the state and build the largest company in the WORLD.
7. Blues music.
8. Two mountain ranges.
9. More trees than you can imagine.
10. Crystal clear large freshwater lakes.
11. Only diamond mine in the United States (it's a state park and anyone can go looking for the precious gems)
12. Hemingway married a local girl and wrote A Farewell To Arms here.
13. Johnny Cash came from here.
14. So did John Grisham.
15. Eisenhower picked LR Central High in 1957 because he knew it would get bloody in other states.
16. Hope Watermelons. Forrest City Peaches. Bradford Strawberries. Jonesboro/Stuttgart rice. Delta soul food. BBQ.
17. Mascot for state's flagship university: Razorbacks/Hogs.
18. Calling the Hogs at sporting events = Wooooooooooooooooooooo-PIG-SOOIE!!!
19. Dillard's is headquartered here. So is Tyson, Alltel, Acxiom, J.B. Hunt, Wal-Mart, etc.
20. World Record German Brown Trout.
21. Catfish and catfish farms.
22. AR Children's Hospital.
23. Easy access to Dallas, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans.
24. King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR
25. Hot Springs--where the likes of Capone, Dillinger, and others used to come and relax in peace.
26. Town names like Possum Grape, Oil Trough, etc.
27. Tallest Waterfall east of the Rockies.
28. The Mississippi, Arkansas, Spring, Buffalo, Red, White, Cache, St. Francis, Current, Black, Ouachita,....ok lots of rivers
29. Douglas McArthur was born here.
30. 1000 more reasons. Try www.arkansas.com"

Rita: "Great job, Adam! I would add only two things:

1. The great town of Hogeye, Arkansas, site of the Hogeye Mall...feed store, post office, groceries, gas, you name it...all in one building.
2. Diversity: NW Arkansas has the largest population of Marshall Islanders outside of the Marshall Islands...many of the Vietnamese refugees were resettled here...there's Russians, Ukranians, Italians, Hispanics, Sikhs, Indians, Pakistanis, Africans...people from just about everywhere around the world."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 03:27 AM

I grew up in Arkansas, and after living elsewhere for 4 years, came back home to the mountains. The Buffalo River will always be my favorite place on earth! The natural bridges are amazing and it's a spelunker's paradise!

There is nothing more beautiful to me than leaving my house in the morning and seeing all the mountains lost in the clouds.

OK--I know they're not as big as the Rockies, but they are beautiful nonetheless. :o)

Posted by: Jennifer on February 22, 2003 03:38 PM

Rita--how could you forget Booger Hollow?? ;-)

Posted by: Jennifer on February 22, 2003 03:42 PM

I traveled all over the world with my Air Force father and then spent another twenty years travelling the world in the Army. My last assignment was to N. Little Rock as an advisor to a local Army National Guard unit.

I liked it so much here, especially the friendly people, that I decided to retire here in 1987. I love my adopted home state and have never once regretted my decision to forevermore be known as a "damned Yankee".

Posted by: Al Superczynski on February 22, 2003 10:41 PM

Blue skies, butterflies, swimming holes, tadpoles, thunderstorms, pines and sycamores, springs, crawdads, bluebirds, copperheads, rustling oaks, and that beautiful Ozark speech. Sigh.

Posted by: Fran on February 26, 2003 11:31 AM

Thanks, Jennifer, I can't believe I forgot Booger Holler! Not to mention Snowball, where Jimmy Driftwood had his first teaching job & wrote the famous song "1814" to teach his students history.

And we all forgot Blanchard Springs Caverns...one of the most beautiful cave systems in the nation.

Al, after a while, you'll attain the status of "he's a pretty good ol' boy even if he ain't from around here"...if you haven't already.

Posted by: Rita on February 27, 2003 06:09 PM

I misspoke and need to correct that. I was musing about the waterfall after I read it again this morning. I guess I kind of forgot about NIAGRA FALLS (!). The actual phrase is "the tallest waterfall between the Appalachian and the Rocky Mountains" It's at Hemmed In Hollow at the Buffalo River National Park.

Posted by: Adam on February 27, 2003 07:42 PM

And I was reminded that the water/grist mill in the opening scenes of Gone With The Wind is also in Arkansas.

And we have the LARGEST C-130 base in the free world.

And we have alligators, black bears, elk, bald eagles, red tailed hawks, and even our own Sasquatch legend.

Posted by: Adam on February 27, 2003 07:45 PM

Y'all are making me homesick. If I could have made the kind of money I make on the east coast, I'd never have left. Then again, as long as that's the situation, I have hope of returning home and turning my Yankee dollars into Newton County real estate at retirement (or Stone County, or Van Buren County, or Carroll County, or...)

Posted by: Jo on March 8, 2003 07:14 PM

Gee, guys, it's not perfect...sure, the land itself is beautiful, but remember the state motto [whenever poverty rates, education levels, job prospects, ect., come up...]..."Thank god for Mississippi!"

Posted by: Jeff Lawson on March 9, 2003 01:48 AM

We never said it was perfect, but in some ways it is much preferable to other places. To borrow and change a statement from Reagan:

Arkansas's best days are ahead.

Posted by: Adam on April 2, 2003 10:03 AM