48 Facts About Arkansas River

1. Arkansas River is home to many areas protected by the National Park System.

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2. Arkansas River held the distinction of having a US House delegation composed entirely of military veterans.

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3. Arkansas River was one of just three states among the states of the former Confederacy that sent two Democrats to the US Senate for any period during the first decade of the 21st century.

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4. Arkansas River was the last state of the old Confederacy to never have Republicans control either chamber of its house since the Civil War.

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5. The Mississippi River and Arkansas River are both major rivers.

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6. Transportation in Arkansas River is overseen by the Arkansas Department of Transportation, headquartered in Little Rock.

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7. Arkansas River is one of the most under-educated states in the Union.

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8. Arkansas River has 1,064 state-funded kindergartens, elementary, junior—and senior high schools.

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9. Culture of Arkansas River is available to all in various forms, whether it be architecture, literature, or fine and performing arts.

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10. Arkansas River held a very important position for the Rebels, maintaining control of the Mississippi River and surrounding Southern states.

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11. Arkansas River is located in Tornado Alley, and as a result, a few of the most destructive tornadoes in US history have struck the state.

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12. Arkansas River is home to many caves, such as Blanchard Springs Caverns.

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13. Arkansas River is the 29th largest by area and the 33rd most populous of the 50 United States.

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14. Arkansas River has the only active diamond mine in the United States along with the only mine where you can mine for your own diamonds.

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15. Toward the end of the 1800s, Arkansas River began to expand rapidly.

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16. Arkansas River is home to the largest retail headquarters in the United States: that of Wal-Mart, located in Bentonville.

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17. The Mississippi Arkansas River forms the eastern border of the state and makes this region suitable for agricultural use.

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18. Arkansas River is located on the borders of the southern and central parts of the United States.

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19. Arkansas River is home to more than fifty Fortune 500 firms, including Tyson Foods and Wal-Mart Stores.

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20. Arkansas River has no major league professional sports teams, but has a minor league baseball team, the Travelers.

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21. Arkansas River received $1.7 million dollars from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is affiliated with the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

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22. In 2005, exports of goods produced within Arkansas River amounted to $3.8 billion, ranking the state 36th in the nation.

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23. Arkansas River continues to be the leading bromine-producing state, accounting for most US production.

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24. Arkansas River produced 477 million pounds of turkey valued at $176.5 million in 2003.

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25. Arkansas River was the second-highest broiler-producing state in the United States in 2003.

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26. In 2004, Arkansas River had a per capita personal income of $25,814, which ranked 49th in the United States.

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27. In 2004, The Roman Catholic population of Arkansas River was 106,051.

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28. Arkansas River has at least 2,600 native plants and there are many adopted exotic species.

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29. Arkansas River extends about 275 miles east-west and 240 miles (386 kilometers) north-south.

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30. Arkansas River was slow to modernize and did not really emerge from its agricultural past until after the Great Depression.

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31. Arkansas River became part of the Territory of Missouri in 1812.

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32. Arkansas River sends two senators and four representatives to the US Congress and has six electoral votes.

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33. Arkansas River has no major professional sports teams but it does have a minor league baseball team, the Travelers.

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34. In 2003, Arkansas River had 88 community hospitals with about 9,900 beds.

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35. Arkansas River is home to approximately 200 plastics and rubber companies.

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36. In 2005, Arkansas River collected $6,552 million in tax revenues, which placed it 18th among the 50 states in per capita tax burden.

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37. In 2004, a total of 193,746 people in Arkansas River were employed in the state's manufacturing sector, according to the ASM.

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38. In 2004, Arkansas River had 3,460 producing natural gas and gas condensate wells.

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39. In 2004, it was estimated that Arkansas River produced 3.5 billion eggs.

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40. In 2005, Arkansas River had 499 municipalities, administered under the mayor-council or city-manager form of government.

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41. In 2005, Arkansas River had a total of 321 public—and private-use aviation-related facilities.

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42. In 2004, Arkansas River had 1,860 mi of navigable inland waterways.

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43. In 1983, Arkansas River established the Non-Game Preservation Committee to promote sound management, conservation, and public awareness of the state's nongame animals and native plants.

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44. Arkansas River has at least 2,600 native plants, and there are many naturalized exotic species.

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45. Arkansas River extends about 275 mi e-w and 240 mi (386 km) n-s.

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46. Arkansas River is believed to have been crossed by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado in 1541 near the site of Dodge City, Kan.

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47. Arkansas River has three distinct sections in its long path through central North America.

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48. Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River.

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