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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.

Photo Of The Day
Tourist Couple

Happy Hollow (a.k.a. McLeod’s Amusement Park) was a popular tourist attraction in Hot Springs (Garland County) from the 1880s through the 1940s. It was best known for its humorous photographs, such as this one from circa 1900. Visitors could pose in an old bathtub, on the back of a burro, or having a drink at the bar. The photo shown here is referring to how slow trains were when traveling through the state.

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This Day in Arkansas History
July 22, 1993

Little Rock (Pulaski County) native Art Porter Sr., a popular and remarkably talented musician who played jazz, classical, and spiritual music, died from lung cancer. Some of his more memorable performances include two gubernatorial inaugurations for Governor Bill Clinton. Joined by his son Art Porter Jr. on saxophone, he performed at President Clinton’s Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service in January 1993 at one of the inaugural receptions in Washington DC. Porter was also responsible for entertaining many heads of state who visited Arkansas during the tenure of Governors Dale Bumpers, David Pryor, and Jim Guy Tucker. Porter is buried at National Cemetery in Little Rock.

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