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Facts About Arkansas History: 5 Things You Might Not Know

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 10:28 PM

Arkansas has many interesting historical facts that you might not know. Here are a few facts about Arkansas that include notable firsts and other fine achievements in Arkansas.

1. While not the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, Hattie Ophelia Caraway, née Wyatt, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman elected to the Senate.

Caraway was appointed to the seat of her late husband Sen. Thaddeus Caraway, who died in office. Her appointment was controversial and called "unmerited" by the press, but she won a special election for the seat on Jan. 12, 1932.

She was then re-elected later that year and several more times afterward, serving in the Senate a combined 14 years.

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Caraway was also the first woman to chair a Senate committee.

2. Charles T. Meyer, a baker in Little Rock, was credited with successfully commericalizing brown-and-serve rolls. In 2008, Meyer, was inducted into the American Society of Baking Hall of Fame for this innovation.

The award was accepted on Meyer's behalf by his grandson; Meyer in 1976 at the age of 87.

3. According to Mental Floss, "In the early 1900s, Hot Springs National Park opened the largest ostrich farm in America. Park visitors could watch ostrich races and ride ostrich-pulled wagons. The birds’ feathers were harvested for hats, fans, and other accessories."


4. The most perfect diamond ever certified by the American Gem Society was unearthed at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Shirley Strawn discovered the gem at the “Keep What You Find” site in 1990. Now, the Strawn-Wagner diamond is on permanent exhibit there in Pike County, Arkansas.


5. The University of Arkansas, founded in Fayetteville in 1871, has a miles-long sidewalk inscribed with all the names of its gradutates, the only university that boasts such an honor.

"The Senior Walk" was established in 1905, but names from previous graduating classes were added later.

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