Here is the next instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of the United States in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest. It would be great if you shared other info/comments about the State with us via a comment.
About 3 million people live in the State. The State is often regarded as a hillbilly state – whatever that means! One of the largest company's in the world Wal-Mart is headquartered in Arkansas. Maybelline's factory is based in the State, too.
More than half the state is covered in forest including the Ozark National Forest (more than one million acres of it!)
Location – Louisiana is to the south, Texas to the south-west, Oklahoma to the west and Missouri to the north.
Pronunciation: The state is pronounced Ar-kan-saw (who knows why) – this pronunciation was mandated by statute in 1881
Nicknames – the Natural State
Capital – the fabulously Flintstonish name – Little Rock
Flower – Apple Blossom (from 1901)
State Fruit – Avocado
Signature foods – Fried Pickles, Chocolate Gravy, Watermelon, Sugared Rice
Famous people born in Arkansas – President Bill Clinton, General Douglas McArthur, John Grisham, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash
Go to this Pinboard to see the States of the Month so far.