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Welcome to the new CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a work in progress. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

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Harold Snyder

Harold Snyder brought the poultry industry to the Arkansas River Valley. After serving in World War II, Snyder moved to Dardanelle (Yell County) to manage the Arkansas River Valley Feed Mill. In 1948, he worked out an agreement with a local farmer to help raise 6,000 broilers. For the next ten years, he worked to merge the companies involved in all phases of the broiler business. By 1960, his company, Arkansas Valley Industries, Inc., became the first wholly integrated poultry business to make stocks available to the public. The company is now part of Tyson Foods, Inc.

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This Day in Arkansas History
May 30, 1893

Logan Holt Roots died in Little Rock (Pulaski County) after a brief illness. Roots had settled in Arkansas after serving the Union in the Civil War and was a congressman, banker, and promoter of the state.

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