Arkansas River Valley. Natural Beauty. The Arkansas River. The headwaters are in the Rocky Mountains in Lake County Colorado The River is 1,469 miles long and stretches from the Rockies to it’s outlet in the Mississippi River
The headwaters are in the Rocky Mountains in Lake County Colorado
The River is 1,469 miles long and stretches from the Rockies to it’s outlet in the Mississippi River
It is the 6th largest River in the U.S. and the 45th largest River in the World.
There are a number of dams on the river making it navigable by large river craft such as barges.
The upper section is a popular spot for kayaking and white water rafting
It was first explored by the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto in the 1540s.
The area around Mount Petit Jean was explored in the 1700s by the French
It was Arkansas’ first State Park
Home to Cedar Creek Canyon, Bear Cave, and the Seven Hollows
Camp Mitchell is also located on the top of the mountain which is an Episcopalian Youth Camp
In the 1700s the King of France granted permissions for a young Frenchman named Chavet to explore the area around Petit Jean. Chavet, however, was engaged to a maiden named Adrienne Dumont and they were to be married before he left for the new world. Fearing for her safety in the New World Chavet refused to marry until after he returned. Heartbroken but determined, Dumont disguised herself as a boy, calling herself Jean. She then applied to the captain of Chavet’s ship to be the cabin boy for the journey. After her request was granted she boarded the ship with Chavet and his men and made the long voyage across the Atlantic.
Legend says that her disguise was so good that even Chavet did not recognize her. She was well liked on the ship and the men gave her the nickname Petit Jean “Little John”. When Chavet sailed up the Arkansas River to the Petit Jean area, they came in contact with local Indians who invited them up to the mountain. They spent all summer on the mountain exploring the area. Before they were to return to France, however, Jean became gravely ill. During her sickness her true identity was discovered. Her dying request was that she be buried on top of the mountain they spent the summer on. Her grave still stand today.
Riverfest is a Large music and art festival held in Little Rock each May
In 2008 the festival attracted over 250,000 people
Toad Suck Daze is another large festival in the River Valley
It’s a 3 day festival in Downtown Conway
It includes, food, games, music and a carnival
The event is held each year to help raise money for charity
The Arkansas Art Center is located in Little Rock
The AAC includes a gallery, a children’s theater, a museum, and a restaurant
They also offer demonstrations and art classes
The River Valley boasts many institutions of higher education
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
University of Arkansas-Little Rock
University of Central Arkansas
Arkansas Tech University
University of the Ozarks
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
ABF Freight Systems is headquartered in Fort Smith AR.
It was founded 1923 and has grown into one of North America’s largest commodity carriers.
In just 30 years, from 1977 to 2007 ABF’s revenues have grown from approx. $103 million a year to over $1.7 billion dollars!
The Alltel Corp. is headquartered in Little Rock, AR
In 2008 Verizon Wireless purchased Alltel for $28.1 billion.
Until Alltel’s recent acquisition by Verizon it was the 5th largest telecommunication company in the nation.
Alltel has over 14 million customers nationwide
Alltel formed from a merger between Allied Telephone Co. and Mid-Continent Telephone Co.
Allied Telephone Co. was founded here in Arkansas in 1943.
Arvest Bank is a bank brokerage firm with branches in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
It was founded here is Arkansas
It has assets of over $9.7 billion and employs over 4,500 people
It operates over 200 branches and 300 atms
The Chairman of the Board of Arvest is Jim Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton
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