Little Rock, AK

November 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Clinton Land

Downtown Riverside RV Park along the Arkansas River

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge allows pedestrians easy access to the Clinton Presidential Library

Little Rock, Arkansas, is the hub of the state. And it has history. According to my friend Wikipedia: Archeological artifacts provide evidence of Native Americans inhabiting Central Arkansas for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. The early inhabitants may have been the Folsom people, Bluff Dwellers, and Mississippian culture peoples who built earthwork mounds recorded in 1541 by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Historical tribes of the area were the Caddo, Quapaw, Osage, Choctaw, and Cherokee.
Incorporated in 1831, the state capital today has a population of around 200,000. 
Little Rock and North Little Rock are separated by the Arkansas River, a tributary of the mighty Mississippi. Six bridges span the river: Baring Cross Bridge, the Broadway Bridge, the Main Street Bridge, the Junction Bridge, the I-30 Bridge and Rock Island Bridge.
Aside from the traffic flow, four pedestrian bridges also connect the cities: Two Rivers Bridge, the Big Dam Bridge, The Junction Bridge and Clinton Presidential Park Bridge.






The Clinton Presidential Centre and Library isn't what I expected. Being Canadian, we don't have presidential anything, but I always assumed that these libraries were just that - libraries. Nope. They are meant for preserving and making available the papers, records and other historical materials of past presidents and displaying their greatest achievements (and mistakes). This one does have a digital library where you can research pretty much anything from Clinton's time in office as they have available over 700,000 pages of archival documents, over 400 audio recordings, photographs and many streaming videos. https://clinton.presidentiallibraries.us/

There are binders filled with President Clinton's daily schedules


One wall is filled with gifts given to the Clintons.

What a state dinner table would look like in the Clinton era

Recreation of the Cabinet Room

From the library, it's an easy walk to the riverfront stores, restaurants and markets of Little Rock.







And to top it off, each evening the bridges light up, making the river sparkle. Little Rock was well worth the stop!


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