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Discovering and Moving to Arkansas

Moving to Arkansas

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Arkansas

A wide variety of unique cities and communities call Arkansas home, every one has something distinctive for people visiting to discover. There's a wide assortment of things for people of every age to do, both adventure sports for outdoors and in the retirement communities alike.

The towns and the people in them have been forged by a lengthy agriculture tradition -- a smidgen of the leftover "Old South" continues to be very much alive here. On the western edge of the state, there's Fort Smith, once the nation's frontier military outpost. Today visitors can get acquainted with its history of "Wild West".

The largest retailer in the world, Wal-Mart, has it's headquarters in Bentonville. It and nearby Springdale, Rogers, and Fayetteville are part of the fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the U.S.. Hot Springs, situated within the Ouachita Mountains and Eureka Springs, located in the Ozarks, are a pair of "spa" cities which have been attracting vacationers searching for healing and relaxation for a long time. Enough you to give some thought about relocating to Arkansas; luckily, Arkansas relocation and retirement opportunities run a vast range of choices. Those thinking of retiring in Arkansas will uncover every community from small towns to larger cities to from metropolitan settings to agricultural areas, from action-packed night clubs in Fayetteville to invigorating Hot Springs spas, Arkansas has something for everyone.

Spaniard Hernando de Soto was among the early European explorers to visit the territory in the mid-16th century, but it was a Frenchman, Henri de Tonti, who in 1686 founded the first permanent white settlement—the Arkansas Post. In 1803 the area was acquired by the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Part of the Territory of Missouri from 1812, the area became a separate entity in 1819 after the first large wave of settlers arrived. The next several decades were marked by the development of the cotton industry and the spread of the Southern plantation system west into Arkansas. Arkansas joined the Confederacy in 1861, but from 1863 the northern part of the state was occupied by Union troops.


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    Transportation in Arkansas is overseen by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT), headquartered in Little Rock. Several main corridors pass through Little Rock, including Interstate 30 (I-30) and I-40 (the nation's 3rd-busiest trucking corridor). In northeast Arkansas, I-55 travels north from Memphis to Missouri, with a new spur to Jonesboro (I-555). Northwest Arkansas is served by I-540 from Fort Smith to Bella Vista, which is a segment of future I-49. The state also has the 13th largest state highway system in the nation.

    Arkansas is served by 2,750 miles (4,430 km) of railroad track divided among twenty-six railroad companies including three Class I railroads. Freight railroads are concentrated in southeast Arkansas to serve the industries in the region. The Texas Eagle, an Amtrak passenger train, serves five stations in the state Walnut Ridge, Little Rock, Malvern, Arkadelphia, and Texarkana.

    Arkansas also benefits from the use of its rivers for commerce. The Mississippi River and Arkansas River are both major rivers. The United States Army Corps of Engineers maintains the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, allowing barge traffic up the Arkansas River to the Port of Catoosa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    There are four airports with commercial service: Clinton National Airport, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, Fort Smith Regional Airport, and Texarkana Regional Airport, with dozens of smaller airports in the state. Click here for Arkansas Airports

    Public transit and community transport services for the elderly or those with developmental disabilities are provided by agencies such as the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and the Ozark Regional Transit, organizations that are part of the Arkansas Transit Association.

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    There are numerous unique communities and urban areas in Arkansas, each with something special for guests to find. The general population and towns in the Delta have been formed by a long convention of farming - a touch of the "Old South" is as yet alive there. On the state's western edge, Fort Smith was at one time a military station on the country's wilderness. Today, its guests can investigate its "Wild West" history alongside a wonderfully reestablished architecturally significant area. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart, is headquartered in Bentonville. That city and close-by Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville make up one of America's quickest developing metropolitan zones. Aha Springs, in the Ozark Mountains, and Hot Springs, in the Ouachita Mountains, are two "spa" urban communities in Arkansas that have long attracted vacationers pursuit of mending and unwinding.
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