Little Rock is the inspiring capital of Arkansas. Little Rock was founded in 1821 and incorporated in 1831. It is located near the center of the state on the south bank of the Arkansas River. Little Rock is the culture, government, economic, and transportation hub for the area.
Different Native American tribes, including the Folsom people, Bluff Dwellers, and Quapaw, lived in the area before Europeans arrived and settled. The French named the area La Petite Roche or “the little rock”. A stone outcropping on the bank of the river was used as a landmark. Fourche Creek and Rock Creek flow into the river in the city.
Numerous large corporations have their headquarters in Little Rock. The area is, also, headquarters for many large non-profit organizations. The American Taekwondo Association calls Little Rock home. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and its healthcare partners are one of the largest employers in the state.
Little Rock has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are mild with little snow.
Little Rock, despite its relatively low population, has a rich culture. Arkansas Arboretum, Arkansas Arts Center, Community Theatre of Little Rock, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, other museums and theaters attract many visitors. Arkansas River Trail, Little Rock Zoo, and Pinnacle Mountain State Park are among other notable places to visit.
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