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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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Winslow: Street Scene

In its heyday, Winslow (Washington County) was reported to be the highest railroad pass on the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad line between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. The elevation helped make Winslow a popular resort, with many people spending the summers there to enjoy the cooler mountain temperatures. Today, the town, which is located on Highway 71, has become somewhat isolated with the completion of I-540 about seven miles to the west.

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This Day in Arkansas History
March 4, 1963

Governor Orval Faubus signed a resolution restoring Eva Ware Barnett’s genteel anthem “Arkansas” to its former status as Arkansas’s official state song. The song had been the subject of a lawsuit over copyright in 1941, after Secretary of State C. G. “Crip” Hall had used it in a free pamphlet in 1940, an election year. Although it was ousted as the state song when “The Arkansas Traveler” replaced it in 1949 (although some say unofficially), “Arkansas” remained popular, particularly with school choirs, and eventually Barnett’s unhappiness with the situation moderated.

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