45 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Little RockIf you think you know everything there is to know about Little Rock, think again.
1. Little Rock will forever be linked to President Bill Clinton. But, despite popular belief, he wasn’t born there. He was born in Hope, Arkansas.
Source: William J. Clinton Presidential Library Facebook2. Bill Clinton was, however, elected as the governor of Arkansas in 1978 at the age of 32, making him one of the youngest governors in the nation ever. 3. That means that although Bill Clinton and his wife (and potential presidential candidate) Hillary were not from Little Rock, their daughter Chelsea Clinton and the very famous cat who went on to be dubbed the First Feline, Socks Clinton, both were.
Source: Youtube user SybilTheCat4. Next time you’re chowing down on those awesome brown-n-serve rolls at Thanksgiving dinner, just remember that they were invented in the 1930s at Meyer’s Bakery right in Little Rock. 5. Now that’s a big dam. At 4,226 feet long, the Big Dam Bridge is the country’s longest pedestrian and cycling bridge in the country. No vehicles allowed.
Source: Wikipedia user Kmerckx6. C-130 aircrafts get the luxury treatment at the Little Rock Air Force Base, which is the largest training and maintenance facility for the aircrafts in the U.S. 7. Heifer International, the global hunger and poverty-relief organization and charity, is headquartered in Little Rock. They have distributed livestock including goats and water buffalo along with resource training to more than 79 million people in more than 125 countries.
Source: Heifer International Facebook8. Little Rock is the birthplace of the original “cheese dog,” a wiener filled with cheese in the middle which locals either love or hate. It was invented in 1956 at the Finkbeiner Meat Packing Co. 9. E. Lynn Harris is considered the all-time best selling African American novelist in the country and is also proud to be from Little Rock. 10. Who doesn’t love a good Globetrotter? Hubert “Geese” Ausbie, one of the most famous Globetrotters of all, was born right here in Little Rock on April 25, 1938. Ausbie definitely knew how to make a scene, and not just with a ball, either!
Source: Youtube user JimThorpeAssoc11. The Old Mill was filmed for the iconic opening scene of the 1939 classic film “Gone With The Wind” and is thought to be the only structure still standing from production. 12. Josh Lucas might have convinced the world he was living sweet at home in Alabama in the movie with Reese Witherspoon, but he’s actually a Little Rock native. 13.There is only one accredited zoo in the entire state of Arkansas and Little Rock has it.
Source: Little Rock Zoo Facebook14. The Little Rock Nine were nine African American students who were given a military escort into Little Rock Central High School after the 1954 Brown vs. Board Of Education ruling deemed segregated schools unconstitutional. 15. Little Rock also has the only civil rights memorial located on state capitol grounds in the south. “Testament” is a memorial to the Little Rock Nine.
Source: Wikipedia16. Each one of the Little Rock Nine students went on to have successful careers in fields such as journalism, psychology, accounting, and social work. 17. In 1999, President Bill Clinton presented each person from the Little Rock Nine with the Congressional Medal of Honor. 18. On October 14, 1990, the world’s largest soda float was created in Little Rock at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Ingredients included 1,200 pounds of Coleman Quality Checked Dairy’s skim milk and 936 gallons of Coca-Cola. 19. Willow Springs Water Park was built in 1928 as one of the first U.S. water theme parks.
Source: Willow Springs Water Park Facebook20. The "Designing Women" film production team used Little Rock’s Villa Marre residence at 1321 Scott Street for the scenes of the front of the house in the opening credits of each episode of the show. 21. The Old State House Museum in Little Rock was made from hand-laid brick in 1836 while it served as the state capitol for 75 years. It’s the oldest surviving state Capitol building west of the Mississippi River. 22. Little Rock is proud to be home to both the Arkansas School for the Blind and the Arkansas School for the Deaf. 23. With 1,575 acres of land, Burns Park located in North Little Rock, is one of the largest municipal parks in the country.
Source: North Little Rock24. Brooks Robinson, third-baseman for the Orioles turned Hall-of-Famer, called Little Rock home. 25. The Stevie Wonder song “I Was Made To Love Her” pays homage to Little Rock in the opening line that says, “I was born in Li’l Rock…” Wonder, however, was not born in Little Rock. 26. The famous Grand Funk Railroad song “We’re An American Band” also mentioned Little Rock in the line, “Out on the road for forty days, Last night in Little Rock put me in a haze.” 27. The department store Dillard’s is headquartered in Little Rock and is one of the most successful store chains in the country.
Source: Wikipedia user Fredlyfish428. Although Dillard’s is headquartered in Little Rock, founder William Dillard’s first store was opened in Nashville, Arkansas in 1938. 29. Maybe she’s born with it? Maybe it’s Maybelline, headquartered in North Little Rock. The makeup company is the world’s leader of mass-produced cosmetics. 30. If you’re addicted to Sharper Image products, you can thank founder and CEO Richard Thalheimer. He is a graduate of Hall High School in Little Rock. 31. Little Rock Central High School was named The Most Beautiful High School In America by the American Institute of Architects.
Source: Wikipedia user Adam6332. The William J. Clinton Presidential Center houses one of the largest archival collections in American presidential history, with 76.8 million pages of paper documents, nearly 2 million photographs, over 84,600 museum artifacts and 21 million e-mail messages from the Clinton presidency.
Source: William J. Clinton Presidential Library Facebook33. The museum inside the library in the Clinton Presidential Center includes a full scale replica of the Oval Office the way it was during the Clinton administration. 34. A few months after his famous trip across the Atlantic Ocean in the Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindberg dropped in on Little Rock in 1927. 35. The Arkansas Travelers are the professional AA minor league baseball affiliate in Arkansas and have one of the longest running histories of any minor league franchise. The team played their last game in Little Rock at Ray Winder Field in 2006 and began playing in North Little Rock in 2007.
Source: Arkansas Travelers Facebook36. National Football League referee, operator of Coleman Diary, and Little Rock native, Walt Coleman refereed for the infamous 2002 playoff game (known as the "Tuck Rule" game) between the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots in which the refs were highly criticized for the controversial game-changing call that caused the Raiders to lose. 37. The USS Razorbacks rests at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum as the longest-serving World War II submarine in the world.
Source: Wikipedia user Wwoods38. Little Rock began selling a soft drink called Niagara in 2001. What was different about this soft drink was that it was said to be an aphrodisiac, which raised quite a few eyebrows and a lot of media attention, causing it to fly off the shelves. 39. The Matrix-like enigma of the Cicada 3301 encryption puzzles still remains a complete mystery to most people. But it hit the radar of Little Rock residents when one of the encryption puzzle posters was discovered in downtown Little Rock. 40. Little Rock is also home to the American Taekwondo Association and hosts the ATA World Taekwondo Championships every summer.
Source: Arkansas ATA Martial Arts – Bowman Faebook41. Reba McEntire saw a number one hit on the country charts in 1986 for her song, “Little Rock.” 42. Little Rock’s name comes from an actual little rock. The small rock formation was used by travelers on the Arkansas River as a landmark known as la Petite Roche, French for “the little rock.” It became a known point and the name stuck. 43. Adolphine Fletcher Terry was born in raised in Little Rock before she went on to become a leading activist for women’s rights across the state. She also graduated from Vassar College with honors and went on to organize the state’s first PTA. 44. Singer Amy Lee of the band Evanescence got her start in Little Rock.
Source: Wikipedia user Thesadisticcheeseburgerpickle145. Climber Car was a small automobile manufacturer in Little Rock, which only built about 200 cars and 100 pickup trucks in the 1920s. There are only two of these cars left today. What’s your favorite fun fact about Little Rock? Tell us in the comments below!
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