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On this day – Arkansas became our 25th State

June 15, 2023

On June 15, 1836, Arkansas was admitted into the Union as our 25th state.

Did you know? Arkansas is the only state with an operating diamond mine. The three largest diamonds found in the United States are from Arkansas.

Arkansas’s hot springs have long been a destination for people seeking rest and recovery. In a way, Hot Springs National Park is the oldest in the nation – President Andrew Jackson signed a law in 1832 to set aside the land for future use. Congress never passed legislation to administer the park however, and it was not initially protected from settlement and development. Though bathing in the hot springs has declined in popularity, visitors can still enjoy bathing at the park today.

What’s in a name? The Algonquian word, “akansa” was used to refer to the Quapaw tribe of the region and was pluralized by the French to “Arcansas.” As may be guessed from its spelling, Arkansas’s name origin is related to that of Kansas (derived from the Sioux, Kansas does not include the Algonquian prefix “a-” however).

Stalking Buffalo, Arkansas, George Catlin, c. 1846


June 15, 2023
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