The bootlegging business boomed in 1927, thanks in large part to the 18th Amendment's ban on making, selling, transporting or importing "intoxicating liquors" anywhere in the United States.
America's national pastime may no longer be baseball. It's probably not football either -- or even smartphones. What unites us these days, as always, in this land of abundance, is the joy of eating.
Tuberculosis is a rarity in Arkansas these days, with 100 or fewer cases reported each year. But the deadly lung disease was a fearsome scourge here and around the world in 1910, when the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium opened in the hilly countryside of Logan County.
The Great Depression brought misery to so many Arkansans and other Americans. But hope did gradually revive, sparked in large part by Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs.
There are no American Indian reservations in Arkansas. And less than 1 percent of our state's population has Native American ancestry.
In terms of superlatives, it's fair to say that Arkansas generally falls short of ranking near the top among the 50 U.S. states.
SEARCY -- The extra attraction at this weekend's Pioneer Village Spring Fest comes courtesy of White County Master Gardeners. Their floral plantings will add radiant color to the Saturday and Sunday celebration of life in Searcy and its hinterlands in the period between the Civil War and World War I.
The fact that Monte Ne is mostly underwater makes it even more of an elusively mysterious attraction than if its ruins were still mainly visible.
PETIT JEAN STATE PARK -- Petit Jean's fictive grave site is normally deserted at sunrise. But the overlook above her mountainside tomb will be populated at 6:35 a.m. Sunday as dawn arrives.
Timid motorists may wish they could turn around as the narrow paved road makes a steep and sinuous descent of nearly 500 feet. But there's really no place to back up. At the bottom, the attraction turns out to be well worth the white-knuckle navigation.