City of Little Rock website
Convention and Visitor Bureau website
In 1686, Frenchmen established the first European settlement on the lower Mississippi. Near the Arkansas River, it was known as Arkansas Post. The area became American soil in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
Lone cabins, then towns began appearing at scattered points along the rivers and Native American trails that were the main wilderness travel routes.Among early settlements were Batesville and Washington, which later became a gathering place for those seeking to free Texas from Mexico.
In 1819, Arkansas became a territory with Arkansas Post as its capital. Two years later, the capital was moved to a central location, the fledgling settlement of Little Rock.
Things to see in Little Rock Arkansas
Little Rock Central High School Museum and Visitor Center
Little Rock High School, now Central High School National Historic Site, is a national symbol of the often intense struggle over school desegregation.
Located across the street is the Central High Museum & Visitor Centre.
A striking Neoclassical building in downtown Little Rock, the Capitol was completed in 1915 and modelled after the United States Capitol.
The six solid brass doors, purchased from Tiffany’s of New York at a cost of $10,000, are now estimated to be worth more than $250,000. Built between 1899-1911.
This mountaintop respite is the flagship of the state parks system. The park encompasses 2,658 acres of rare natural beauty -- an abundance of unmarred woods, ravines, streams, springs, spectacular views and interesting ecological formations preserved almost as French explorers found them 300 years ago. Spectacular waterfall on a beautiful mountaintop with cabins, a lodge, swimming pools and hiking trails.