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Arkansas – an American state that was on the border of the Wild West for decades – 1836

Arkansas – an American state that was on the border of the Wild West for decades – 1836

Ever since it became a state, Arkansas has been a border state to the American West.

On June 15, 1836, Arkansas became a U.S. federal state, the 25th in a row to be admitted to the United States. Many famous Americans have been born or lived in Arkansas throughout history, including Bill Clinton, John Grisham, William Fulbright, Wesley Clark, and Johnny Cash. The founder of America’s largest retail chain, Walmart, billionaire Sam Walton, opened his first store right in Arkansas. Before it became a state, Arkansas had the status of American territory, and it spread over a much larger area than it does today. Namely, in addition to today’s state, Arkasas included most of today’s Oklahoma.

The capital of the state of Arkansas from its very beginning was Little Rock, named after a small rock on the banks of the Arkansas River. On the border between Arkansas and Texas is the dual city of Texarkana which contains urban neighborhoods in both states. In the 19th century, Arkansas was for a long time on the border of the so-called. The Wild West, because it was the last federal state on the way from east to west. Namely, since it became a state, Arkansas has been a border state to the American West, because neighboring Oklahoma acquired statehood only in 1907 (more than seven decades later). We should not count the large state of Texas, located southwest of Arkansas, which was once an independent state, and only later joined the United States.

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