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Little Rock

Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, was originally named La Petite Roche, after a small rock formation found near the Arkansas River. It is now the largest city in the state.

Little Rock

Use this site to begin exploring the historic and modern city of Little Rock.

Fast facts about Little Rock:

  • In 1722, French explorer Benard de LaHarpe set up a trading post near a small rock bluff along the Arkansas River, the current site of Little Rock.
  • Little Rock became the seat of government for the Arkansas Territory in 1821.
  • The City of Little Rock was incorporated in 1831 (Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836).
  • The population of Little Rock is 184,055.
  • The Little Rock Metropolitan Area has 580,625 people.
  • Little Rock encompasses 105.4 square miles.
  • Little Rock is 286 feet above sea level.
  • On September 23, 1957, Little Rock's Central High was the site of the first important test of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision when nine African-American teenagers stood up to protesters as they entered the school for the first time. The event was broadcast around the world.


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