Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas and there is so much that you may not know about this city. In 1957, the city got a whole lot of attention as this was the time when 9 African- American kids joined the all-white Central High School. This was an attempt to put to test the ruling of the United States Supreme Court ruling of 1954 in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Initially, they had been denied admission, but were later enrolled, through the order of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is what earned them, the name, ‘Little Rock Nine.’
There are so many other interesting things about this city. You will be shocked that there is so much that the city has to offer. Here are the ones that we picked:
- The television series, Designing Women, was actually filmed in Little Rock. This was a film that was produced by Harry Thomason, who, was a native of Little rock. The story revolved around 4 southern designers and was filmed on Scott Street.
- Little Rock is strategically placed as it is located at the actual geographic center of Arkansas.
- The American cheese dog, originated in Little Rock, in 1956. The Finkbeiner Meat Packing Company is responsible for the creation of this hot dog. The hot dog is created with a frankfurter and cheese in the middle, and has become a favorite snack for most Americans.
- In the 1930s, the brown and serve roll came into existence. This was created by the Meyer’s Bakery.
- Little Rock was named by Forbes Magazine, as one of the cleanest cities in the United States of America in 2011.
- The climber car was invented in Little Rock, in 1920. Today, there are only 2 of these cars that are left in the world.
- The Old State House Museum was built in 9 years, from 1833 to 1842. This is the oldest state capitol building that is standing on the west side of the Mississippi river.
- Did you know that flirting between men and women on the streets of Little Rock could land you in jail? There is a 30-day jail term for this offense.
- Little Rock is the home to the University Of Arkansas Clinton School Of Public Service. This was the first American school to offer master’s degree in public service.
- In 1927, an aviator by the name of Charles Lindbergh made a stopover in Little Rock. This was 4 months after the trans-Atlantic flight, which was in the Spirit of St. Louis.
There is so much that you can learn from Little Rock. Contrary to its name, this is the capital of the most populous state in the United States. There is a rock formation along the river, which is where the city gets its name from. This is a city with a lot to offer to both locals and visitors alike.