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Tour Little Rock, Arkansas and Discover the World of President Clinton

By: John Pelley | May 24 2010 | 411 words | 1950 hits

Located on the Arkansas River, the longest tributary of the Missouri-Mississippi system, Little Rock, AR has had a long history of inhabitation as far as 10,000 B.C.E. As part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the land was explored by three different expeditions, including ones by Pike, Dunbar, and Hunter, who delineated as the Southern border with New Spain the Red River. Â

The history of Little Rock is preserved in some of its buildings. Little Rock Central High School remains a symbol of the September, 1957 integration battles. The visitor center, across the street from the school, is housed in a restored gas station and has exhibits about the 1957 crisis.

Little Rock was the home for 16 years to President Bill Clinton. Many of his haunts still thrive. You can satisfy your need for carbs at the local Mc Donalds or Doe's Eat Place. The Clinton's houses of worship, Immanuel Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church, are other places for visitation. The Clinton Presidential Center houses the largest archival collection of any president in U.S. history.

Two other buildings, which play an important role in the Clinton legacy are the Old State House and the present State Capital. The old State House dates back to 1836 and is the place where Clinton announced his bid for the presidency in 1991 and made his election night acceptance speech. The Old State House is a museum of Arkansas history, from prehistoric times to the present. Special emphasis is the role of Arkansas in the Mexican War of 1847. The exhibit gives a balanced approach to the confrontation: Mexico's young unstable government vs. the Manifest Destiny attitude for more land for the United States. Other exhibits include the gowns of thirty First Ladies of Arkansas, archaeological preservation under the auspices of Sam Dellinger portrayed as the Indiana Jones of Arkansas, and other temporary exhibits.

The Arkansas State Capital building is elegant in its simplicity. Modeled loosely after the U.S. Capital, it houses all branches of government, except the Judiciary, which moved to larger quarters. The Legislative branch meets every odd year and the governors serve only two four year terms. Even though the building contains an abundance of Vermont marble and Arkansas limestone, the decorations are classic in its style. Three rotundas dominate the building: the center one, one over the house and one over the senate chambers. Six 10 foot tall bronze doors provided the entrance to the capital before 9/11. They are polished daily.


About author:
John Pelley is a Geriatric Gypsy.  He is retired from the rat race of working.  He is a  full-time RVer, who ran away from home.  He began our travels on the East Coast and, like the migrating birds, seek the warmth of the seasons  He has discovered volunteering with the National Park System.  He has a CD he has recorded of Native American flute music., A Day with Kokopelli. For pictures, links, and more information visit http://www.jmpelley.org.
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