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Facts and FiguresFacts and Figures
Origin of Name From a group of Native Americans known as the Ugakhpah, which means "people who live downstream." Area (rank) 53,182 sq mi (29th). Population (rank) 2,959,373 (32nd). Capital Little Rock. Admitted to Union (rank) June 15, 1836 (25th).
Official Symbols of ArkansasOfficial Symbols of Arkansas
The Diamond was designated the official state gem by the General Assembly in 1967. Arkansas is the only diamond-producing state in the United States, and in fact has the only active diamond field in all of North America, at the Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro.
Famous ArkansansFamous Arkansans
Important Dates in ArkansasImportant Dates in Arkansas
1541
Hernando de Soto explored the region. 1686 Henri de Tonti established a camp at present-day Arkansas Post. 1819 Arkansaw Territory formed out of the Missouri Territory.
Orval Eugene FaubusOrval Eugene Faubus
was the longest-serving Governor in Arkansas history, a total of six two-year terms. He served during a period of major industrialization in Arkansas' economy, and during the turbulent period of school desegregation in the state.
Arkansas CountiesArkansas Counties
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