1. How ‘Bout Them Hogs?
Arkansas Razorbacks Facebook
It’s got nothing to do with barnyard animals. It’s all about the Razorbacks, baby. Everyone’s got Hog fever here. You get extra Little Rock points if you saw the Razorbacks become National Champions at Diego’s.
2. The Song "Blackbird" Has Nothing To Do With A Bird
Flickr user Jimmy Baikovicius
When a Beatle sings a song about events that happened in your hometown, you know. Sir Paul McCartney has said that he was inspired to write his hit song “Blackbird” based off the events of the racially-charged Little Rock High School desegregation in 1957.
3. Bill Clinton Is Even More Famous Than You Think He Is
Flickr user duluoz cats
You don’t need to tell anyone that Bill Clinton is a Little Rock legend. But however famous or popular you might think he is in the city, multiply it by about 20 and you’re much closer. Everywhere you go in Little Rock, there’s another building, another park, another plaque or another sandwich named after everyone’s favorite saxophone-playing, briefs-wearing President.
4. But He’s Actually Not From Little Rock
Flickr user Richard Binhammer
Gasp. IT’s true. Even though you’ve spent all this time thinking that Bill Clinton is from Little Rock, in actuality, he’s really from Hope, Arkansas. In all fairness, his whole political career did begin in Little Rock. And he played some mean rugby here.
5. All Hail The Cheese Dog
Flickr user jeffreyw
So you think you know what a cheese dog is? If you’re not from Little Rock, you’re wrong. The concept is simple—a hot dog filled with cheese and topped with cheese—but they’re way better here than anywhere else and are a staple at every hot dog joint. If you’ve never even heard of cheese dog, this is right about when Mr. T would start to pity you.
6. Yep, The Big Dam Bridge Is Really A Big Dam Bridge
Little Rock has got a seriously Big Damn Bridge. No, that’s really the name of it. Okay, not quite. It’s the Big Dam Bridge. But it’s the longest bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to never been used by a vehicle or a train in North America.
7. Frankly, My Dear, Little Rock Doesn’t Give A Damn
Flickr user memories_by_mike
Little Rock will always have “Gone With The Wind.” The opening scene of the classic 1939 film was shot in North Little Rock at the Old Mill, which is one of the most tranquil places you’ll ever visit—and the only remaining structure left from the film. If you hear someone in town saying “fiddle dee dee,” you can bet they’re a Scarlett O’Hara fan.
8. The Travs Are Just As Good As Those Fancy Major League Teams
Arkansas Travelers Facebook
When Hog season is over, it’s time to gear up for the Arkansas Travelers season. Better known as the Travs, this minor league North Little Rock team fills the void of Arkansas having no major league team for baseball fans. They were the Little Rock Travelers through the 1960s and then became the Arkansas Travelers. But whatever they change their name to, they will always be Little Rock’s baseball team.
9. Nobody Likes Northwest Arkansas
All you really have to know about this regional rivalry is that Little Rock rules and Northwest Arkansas is the worst. It’s just a more reserved and stand-offish area where everyone is really –really- into Walmart. Little Rock is where you go for the great food and all the woo pig sooie fun! And speaking of…
10. You’d Better Learn “Woo Pig Sooie”
YouTube user jnd001
No, you’re not at the rodeo (although it can start to feel just as crazy.) It’s the Razorbacks’ famous chant. If you’re in Little Rock, you have to know it. Make sure the “woo” is extra long and that you fist pump on the “sooie” part, because anything worth doing is worth doing right.
11. No, You Can’t Check Out Books At The Presidential Library
Flickr user simplerich
As another monument to the life and work of Bill Clinton, The Clinton Presidential Library is home to a massive amount of his legacy including two million photos, 80 million pages of documents, and almost 80,000 artifacts and exhibits from his presidency. But don’t expect to check anything out. It’s not that kind of library.
12. Time For Vacation? Head To The Hot Springs
Visit Little Rock, Arkansas Facebook
There’s no need to go very far from home on vacation when you live in Little Rock. Especially when you’ve got Hot Springs nearby. Seriously, who needs beaches?
The water supposedly has healing properties, too, so double score.
13. The Yellow Trolleys Get You Nowhere Fast
Flickr user Allen Brewer
The yellow trolley replicas around the city do work as public transportation. But no one really uses them, except for tourists. They’re great in theory, but most people here commute around the city in their cars. They sure do look cool, though.
14. Everyone’s Goin’ On A Float Trip
Flickr user Jonathan Ball
It’s a beautiful summer day. You’ve decided to spend it canoeing down the gorgeous Buffalo River. But you’re not really going “canoeing.” You’re going on a float trip.
15. Little Rock’s Christmas Lights Are Better Than Yours
Visit Little Rock, Arkansas Facebook
Main Street Bridge is one of three bridges in Arkansas that illuminate the skies over the Arkansas River with thousands of lights every night after the sun goes down. Everyone, young and old, loves the River Lights In The Rock. But at Christmas time, it’s even more spectacular, with light shows that makes the holidays an amazing time.
16. Little Rock’s Barbecue Rocks Big
Flickr user Whole Hog Café Facebook
Everyone has their favorite barbecue joints in town. And the Whole Hog Café ends up hogging up most of the attention, which can annoy others who happen to have a different favorite spot like Sim’s. But there’s really no need to argue about it because, in the end, it’s all good.
17. A Diamond Bear Beer Is Happiness In A Frosty Glass
Diamond Bear Brewing Company Facebook
Try finding a good bar in Little Rock that doesn’t serve up some Diamond Bear. Better yet, stop by the Brewery to take the tour and get some free samples. Diamond Beer brews using traditional European methods with a very specific recipe of malted barley, hops, yeast and uses that fresh Arkansas water, creating a beer the only way Little Rock could: amazing.
18. The Friday Night Lights Are Always Bright
NLR Football Facebook
Friday night lights don’t just come from the Main Street Bridge. High school sports are taken very seriously here in Little Rock and can be taken just as seriously as college and pro teams are, depending on what circles you run in.
19. Everyone’s Got Cavenders In Their Closet...
Flickr user Amy Claxton
Did you think cowboy boots were just a Texas thing? You must be from out of town. If you want to fit in here in Little Rock, get yourself a pair of Cavenders (which, yeah, actually are from Texas) which are the brand to cowboy boots that North Face is to fleece jackets.
20. And Some Cavender’s In Their Cupboard
Flickr user Morgan
No Little Rock kitchen is complete without a can of Cavender’s Greek seasoning. Well, maybe some kitchens, but they’re obviously missing out.
21. Nobody’s Born With It, It’s Always Maybelline
Maybelline New York Facebook
This one is for the ladies. You’d be pretty hard pressed to find a makeup bag in Little Rock that doesn’t have a tube of Maybelline mascara in it. The company has been headquartered here since they opened in 1975.
22. Ray Winder Field: We Will Never Forget
Ray Winder Field was the baseball park which was home to the Travs and was operational for over 74 years. But, in 2006, a new ballpark opened in North Little Rock for the team and the Ray Winder Field closed down. It was demolished in 2012, much to the dismay of generations worth of fans who will always remember their peanut and cracker jack memories in the stands.
23. Kickball Is Totally A Real Sport
Flickr user Jameziecakes
Stop laughing. It’s true. And it can be a pretty serious one at that. The Little Rock Kickball Association is one of the largest and best adult kickball leagues in the country and has been running strong for 19 seasons.
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