5 Interesting Facts about Arkansas

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In the great state of Arkansas, rivers and wine flow through the Ozark Mountains, greeting visitors day in and day out. A state filled with plenty of fishing, floating and other opportunities for recreational fun, the Natural State isn’t one to miss. Being the first place diamonds were discovered back in 1906, the state also has caverns and caves worth exploring. You can even mine for your own diamonds! Charming mountain towns dot the area and offer uncommon shopping and dining experiences. 

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Cheese Dogs

We all know how everybody loves a good cheese dog, but does anybody know where they originated from? Arkansas! In 1956 at the Finkbeiner Meat Packing Company, somebody had the bright idea to insert cheese into the center of a hot dog. And just like that, Cheese Dogs were born. Created under the mentorship of the meat maestro himself, Oscar Mayer, the Finkbeiner family quickly became Arkansas’s largest meatpackers.

Wal-Mart

Another thing we’re all very familiar with, Wal-Mart, a chain of superstores that can be found all over the United States and 27 other countries. The first store of 11,000 opened their doors for the first time in Rogers, AK back in 1962. Opened by Sam Walton after he successfully ran a small dime store, Wal-Mart quickly took the nation by storm. The company went public in 1970, and the proceeds financed a steady expansion of the business. 

Hot Springs

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47 hot springs flow from Hot Springs Mountain, at an average temperature of 143 degrees. Because the Hot Spring water is said to be therapeutic for ailments, many famous faces have visited Hot Springs over the years, including Franklin. D Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone. The beloved Hot Springs National Park has been drawing in visitors for over hundreds of years and boasts not only numerous spots to sit and soak, but great hiking and camping as well.