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Arkansas has a growing economy and is headquarters to several global companies, including Walmart, J.B. Hunt, and Tyson Foods. Arkansas also has dozens of wilderness areas that are preserved exclusively for outdoor recreation - fishing, hiking, hunting, and camping. Students studying in Arkansas can explore its many caves and pre-Columbian burial grounds, dig for diamonds, and bathe in naturally occurring hot springs for healing and relaxation.
Arkansas joined the Union in 1836, and was the 25th state. The early French explorers of the state gave it its name, which is probably a phonetic spelling for the French word for "downriver" people, a reference to the Quapaw Indians and the river along which they settled. Arkansas is the only state in which diamonds have been mined, although today the mine operates only as a tourist attraction. The state flower is the apple blossom. The Arkansas current state nickname is the "Natural State" but in the past it was also known as the "Land of Opportuntity" and the "Wonder State."
Arkansas State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Arkansas state facts such as Arkansas state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Arkansas, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Arkansas State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
|American Folk Dance||Square Dance|
|Butterfly||Diana fritillary butterfly
|Flag||Arkansas State Flag|
|Fruit||South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato|
|Historic Cooking Vessel||Dutch Oven|
|Historical Song||"The Arkansas Traveler"|
(The people rule)
|Nicknames||"The Natural State"|
|Poet Laureate||Peggy Vining (2003- ??)|
|Purple Martin Capital
of Arkansas Northwest
|City of Fort Smith, Arkansas|
|Purple Martin Capital
of Arkansas Southeast
|City of Lake Village, Arkansas|
|Quarter||Arkansas State Quarter|
|Soil||Stuttgart Soil Series|
|Trout Capital of the USA||Cotter, Arkansas|
|Vegetable||South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato|