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Only in Arkansas: Fourche Mountain salamander

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, September 03, 2015

Only in Arkansas: The Fourche Mountain salamander (Plethodon fourchensis) lives only in Arkansas. Thirty different species of salamanders are found in the state, occupying a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the enormous Ozark hellbender that can grow over a foot in length to the tiny Ozark zigzag salamander that has a bright red orange stripe down its back. While these extreme examples both live in the northern Ozark region of Arkansas, two endemic species are found in the Ouachita Mountain region, specifically in areas referenced by their names.   Read More

A Cast of Blues

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, September 03, 2015

Blues music was born in Mississippi, came of age in Chicago, and went on to inspire generations of rock and rollers, ranging from the British invasion of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to contemporary groups, such as The Black Keys. As one of America’s contributions to the world of music, the blues took root in the fertile soil of the Mississippi Delta, a flood plain covering 7,000 square miles between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Early blues greats in the Delta pioneered the strong rhythmic style of music, accenting the raw emotions of the lyrics by squeezing chords out of a guitar with a bottleneck or metal slide.  Read More

Did You Know?

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Did You Know? The last C-130A to leave Vietnam is on display at the Little Rock Air Force Base? The C-130A Hercules, tail # 56-0518, was the 126th built by Lockheed Aircraft corp. of Marietta, Georgia. It was accepted into the Air Force inventory on August 23, 1957, assigned to the 314th Troop Carrier Wing at Sewart AFB, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1972. On November 2, 1972, it was given to the South Vietnamese Air Force as part of the Military Assistance Program. A few years later, the aircraft would be involved in an historic flight.  Read More

Arkansas Endemic: cyanobacterium

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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County Seat Spotlight: Wynne

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, August 13, 2015

County Seat Spotlight: Wynne, with the west slope of Crowley’s Ridge to the east and the L’Anguille River on the west, started off as a small railroad town and grew to become the county seat of Cross County. The town dates its history to the 1880s when the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad laid tracks in the area.  Read More

Lamartine

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, August 13, 2015

What’s in a Name? Lamartine was a small community founded in present-day northwest Columbia County sometime before 1840. Some sources credit it as being the county’s oldest community. Pronounced LAM-er-teen, a source at the Columbia County library says sometimes locals add a ‘b’ to the pronunciation, calling the town “Lamber-teen.”   Read More

Churches of Arkansas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, August 06, 2015

Churches of Arkansas: The Holy Temple Church of God in Christ is situated at 529 North Main Street in Monticello, Drew County part of the Monticello North Main Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 2, 1979, which includes 20 structures reflecting architectural styles, circa 1845-1925. The Neo-Classical style church is referenced in the nomination form as the “First Church of Christian Scientists” and has the distinction of being the first Christian Science Church built in Arkansas.   Read More

August News!

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, August 06, 2015


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Notable Arkie: Mary Lambert

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Notable Arkie: Mary Lambert was born in Helena, the daughter of Martha Kelly and Jordan Bennett Lambert III. Her younger sister is former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln.  Read More

County Seat Spotlight: Helena-West Helena

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Friday, July 17, 2015

Helena in Phillips County was incorporated in 1833 and prospered as a river port, while West Helena began as a railroad town, incorporated in 1917. The two cities united their school systems in 1946 and merged into one city (preserving both names) on January 1, 2006.  Read More