Little Rock: The Homefront of the President
Little Rock, capital and largest city of Arkansas, a port of entry on the Arkansas River opposite North Little Rock, in the central part of the state. A growing city with a populaton of 175,795 people as of the 1990 census.
This is a city filled with interesting American history. Guess what famous military person was born here? The clever soldier by the name of General Douglas MacArthur was born within the city limits of Little Rock. Did you know in 1957 the city of Little Rock made American history when it was ordered by the federal government to admit nine black students to its all-white Central High School? Do you know why the city is called Little Rock? The French explorer Benard de la Harpe in 1722 built a trading post on the Arkansas River near the smaller of two rock outcroppings (from which the city's name is derived). It wasn't until 1812 when William Lewis, a fur trapper, built a home in the area a community developed.
Some of the most popular attractions in Little Rock would be the State Capitol building, the Governor's Mansion, Quapaw Quarter- - a district of restored buildings that includes the Old State House, and the Arkansas Territorial Restoration- - - a group of restored homes dating from the early 19th century.
Little Rock boast a thriving financial, manufacturing, distribution center due to it's vantage point near the Arkansas River. It house all the same entertainment expectations of larger cities while maintaining it's small town innocence. This is a community worth visiting, there's something for everyone.