America wasn’t always this vitriolic. It need not be now. To prove it, we convened two former US Senators – one Democrat and one Republican – to kick off our eight-part video series.
The upcoming election is all anyone is talking about. But with so many hot button issues, let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the less controversial political moments. Here are some of the most iconic presidential visits to Arkansas through the years:
- 1910: Theodore Roosevelt spoke at the Arkansas State Fair in Hot Springs.
- 1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke at Centennial Stadium in Little Rock.
- 1963: John F. Kennedy attended the Greers Ferry Dam dedication.
- 1975: Gerald R. Ford attended the dedication of St. Edward’s Mercy Medical Center.
- 1984: Ronald Reagan hosted a political rally in north Little Rock.
If you live in Little Rock, you know about the massive renovation hitting downtown: the Broadway Bridge. As the six-month process to renew the bridge getss underway, read up on some interesting facts on bridges in Arkansas.
- The first recorded bridge was in 1823 over White Oak Bayou by Samuel McHenry, who was granted a franchise.
- Companies didn’t bid to build bridges until 1875 after Act 126 passed.
- Bridge design and construction became the State Highway Department’s responsibility after its creation in 1924.
- Built in 1874, the Springfield-Des Arc Bridge over Cadron Creek is the oldest in Arkansas.
The Razorbacks come to War Memorial Stadium for their yearly Little Rock-based game Oct. 1. The stadium is expecting packed seats and an even more packed parking lot. Show off some knowledge about the stadium while you’re tailgating:
- War Memorial’s first-ever game after its construction and opening in 1947 was between UA and Abilene Christian.
- It was the focus of “The Great Stadium Debate” in 2000 when Frank Broyles announced plans to decrease the number of games played in Little Rock.
- The Salt Bowl, the rivalry high school game between Benton and Bryant, draws more than 20,000.
Frank Broyles is a Razorback legend. He had an incredible 49 years with the University of Arkansas and led an amazing 22 consecutive wins, the longest college football winning streak of the decade, as head coach in the mid-60s. But, your average die-hard fan knows that. Here are some facts on Broyles to surprise your friends with:
- His coaching career began at Baylor University.
- He was named “Arkansas’ Most Influential Sports Figure of the Twentieth Century” by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
- He was the star quarterback at Georgia Tech.
- He has a reputation for creating high-caliber coaches.
Clinton, Arkansas, has been home to the National Championship Chuckwagon Races since 1986, which has remained a staple in the community to this day.
Arkansas is commonly known for its rice, but what is often forgotten is its booming poultry industry. While Tyson is the name that comes to mind for chicken in Arkansas, J. K. Southerland was one of the founding fathers of the industry.
Arkansas summers have never been gentle. The surprise storms and fiery heat can be absolutely brutal. According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, the average high temperature in June was almost 92 degrees in Little Rock. While this heat and humidity may feel like the worst of all time, the actual hottest day on record in Arkansas was much higher.
George Fisher defined what politics meant to Arkansans in the post-WWII era through cartoons.