Arkansas Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Sunday, September 12, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Highlights of the Arkansas leg of the tour:

  • The University of Arkansas campus is impressive.
  • It was so quiet.  It was the night after a football game, so I think everyone was still sleeping.
  • I was interviewed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state’s main newspaper.
  • I found 2 pennies.
  • I was fortunate in that my team’s football game (the Houston Texans) was on local TV in Arkansas.  I stayed in town a few extra hours so I could watch the game.
  • The weather was fantastic.  It was about 70 degrees most of the day.
  • The drive to Lawrence Kansas should be fairly relaxing..

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to by clicking the button right below these words.

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Arkansas:

Arkansas shares a border with six states, with its eastern border largely defined by the Mississippi River.

The name “Arkansas” derives from the same root as the name for the state of Kansas. The Kansas tribe of Native Americans are closely associated with the Sioux tribes of the Great Plains. The word “Arkansas” itself is a French pronunciation (“Arcansas”) of a Quapaw (a related “Kaw” tribe) word “akakaze” meaning “land of downriver people” or the Sioux word “Akakaze” meaning “people of the south wind”. The pronunciation of Arkansas was made official by an act of the state legislature in 1881, after a dispute between the two U.S. Senators from Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas is part of the Ozark Plateau including the Boston Mountains, to the south are the Ouachita Mountains and these regions are divided by the Arkansas River; the southern and eastern parts of Arkansas are called the Lowlands. These mountain ranges are part of the U.S. Interior Highlands region, the only major mountainous region between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains.[8][9] The highest point in the state is Mount Magazine in the Ozark Mountains; it rises to 2,753 feet (839 m) above sea level.

Arkansas is home to many caves, such as Blanchard Springs Caverns. More than 43,000 Native American living, hunting and tool making sites, many of them Pre-Columbian burial mounds and rock shelters, have been catalogued by the State Archeologist. Arkansas is currently the only U.S. state in which diamonds are mined—although by members of the public with primitive digging tools for a small daily fee, not by commercial interests.

The Territory of Arkansas was organized on July 4, 1819. On June 15, 1836, the State of Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state and the 13th slave state. Planters settled in the Delta to cultivate cotton; this was the area of the state where most enslaved African Americans were held. Other areas had more subsistence farmers and mixed farming.

Next stop, Lawrence, Kansas.