June 15th, 2007

10-J, 10-M

Ten random things: June 15

Ten things you may not have known about Arkansas:

  1. Crater of Diamonds State Park, located just outside Murfreesboro, allows dedicated prospectors to search for precious gems including diamonds, amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz.
  2. Arkansas became the 25th state admitted to the Union on June 15, 1836.
  3. The apple blossom is the official state flower.
  4. Ouachita National Forest in western Arkansas is the oldest national forest in the South.
  5. The geographic center of the state is located in Pulaski, 12 miles northwest of Little Rock.
  6. The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart.
  7. Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers.
  8. 47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain, at an average temperature of 143 F.
  9. Arkansas ranks 14th among states in cash receipts from farm marketings, with a total of 4,973,164 harvested acres.
  10. As I write this, I am about 997.72 miles from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Fact no. 10 comes via the startlingly useful "How far away are you?" feature of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism web site. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes the Internet great.

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