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Little Rock is much more than William J. Clinton Presidential Center, River Market district, historic Central High School, and Bill Clinton.  With the rich and unique history and culture, Little Rock is worth knowing about before flying in here. Read on to know about some interesting facts about the Rock Town-

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Little Rock Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts

  • Little Rock is located in the heart of Arkansas on the south bank of the Arkansas River.
  • It is the county seat of Pulaski County.
  • It is the capital of Arkansas, US.
  • It is the largest and the most populous city in the state.
  • The ethnic composition of Little Rock includes- White- 48.95, Black-42.3%, Asian-1.7%, Native American-0.3%, Pacific Islander-0.3%, from other races-1.28%, and from two or more races- 1.28%.

Little Rock History Fast Facts

  • Little Rock took its name from a rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River, referred as “La Petite Roche” by the French in 1799.
  • In 1821, Little Rock was made the capital of the Arkansas Territory.
  • In 1831, Little Rock was incorporated as a city.

Little Rock Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Little Rock operates under Mayor-Council type of government.
  • The city is the international headquarters for some of the well-known non-profit organizations, including William J. Clinton Foundation, Lions World Services for the Blind, Heifer International, and many more. 
  • The major corporations with headquarters here include Windstream Communications, Acxiom, Dillard’s Department Store and the Rose Law Firm.
  • The American Taekwondo Association is headquartered in Little Rock.

Little Rock Important and Interesting Fast Facts

  • Little Rock is nicknamed as “The Rock Town”, “The Rock”, and “LR”.
  • The Old State House Museum in Little Rock is the oldest standing state capitol building along the Mississippi River (west). 
  • According to Kiplinger (2013), Little Rock is ranked at first position to live among metro areas under 1 million people. 
  • Little Rock is where Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the US started his political career. Also, the city is home to his presidential library and museum which holds his legacy, including documents, artifacts, exhibits and photos from his presidency.
  • The city is home to a small automobile manufacturing company- the Climber Car. It built about 100 pickup trucks, 200 four-cylinder and 40-horsepower cars in the 1920s. There are still 2 Climber cars existing today.
  • The “Brown and Serve Roll” was created here in the 30s by Meyer’s Bakery.
  • The city was named as one of the cleanest cities in the US by Forbes Magazine (2011).
  • The city is home to the longest cyclist and pedestrian bridge in North America- the Big Dam Bridge.
  • The city is home to a Purse Museum- ESSE Purse Museum.
  • The largest newspaper in Little Rock is the “Arkansas Democrat Gazette”.
  • Harry Thomason, a Little Rock native produced a popular situational comedy show- “Designing Women”.
  • The city is home to the “cheese dog”, which is a hot dog with cheese placed in the middle. 
  • John Gould Fletcher is from Little Rock. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.
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