Arkansas

When a state line terminates at another state line, the intersection is often a "tripoint," a place where three states meet. There are 62 such intersections in the United States, 38 if you count only the intersections that are on dry land. The sites are...

The Arkansas Aeroplex was Eaker Air Force Base until 1992, home of a B-52 bomber wing and a refueling wing with around 4,000 workers. It is now a civilian airfield with some National Guard support activities.
Arkansas's only nuclear power plant is located near Russelville. It has two reactor units, opened in 1974 and 1978, generating a total of 1,800 megawatts. Unit Two uses the tall cylindrical cooling structure, and Unit 1 discharges its cooling water into the...

Dogpatch is an abandoned Ozark resort, built in the late 1960s to resemble a fictional southern community described in great detail in Al Capp's comic strip, Li'l Abner, read by millions in newspapers between 1934-1977. The site is notable especially as it is...

Fort Chaffee is a 100-square-mile rural installation used as a training base for the National Guard and reserve forces. It was the home of the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center before being severely realigned in 1991. Built in 1941, this 72,000-acre...

The municipal airport near the town of Hope became one of the largest FEMA trailer storage and staging areas in the country after Hurricane Katrina, and other southern disasters, including the FEMA trailers themselves. Following the hurricanes of 2005, FEMA...

The industry and infrastructure of "Taking the Waters" reaches its apogee at Hot Springs National Park, where dozens of elaborate spas and a whole city have been built up around the natural springs flowing out of a hill. The hot springs here were claimed and...

A tragic tour accident occurred on Lake Hamilton, near Hot Springs, Arkansas, when an amphibious vessel known as a Duck (also DUKW) suddenly sank in 1999, 300 feet offshore, drowning 13 of the 21 people on board. The Duck, operated by White and Yellow Duck...

This base is home to a large Airlift Wing, which flies C-130 aircraft. The Wing is used to deliver supplies and soldiers to allied conflicts all over the globe. The 6,500-acre base has 5,000 military workers, and is the only C-130 training institution in the...

One of the three or so diamond mines in the United States, this mine was turned into a tourist attraction by the state in 1971, and renamed Crater of Diamonds State Park. For an admission price of seven dollars for adults, people can (and do) scour the 40...

One of the three or so diamond mines in the United States, this mine was turned into a tourist attraction by the state in 1971, and renamed Crater of Diamonds State Park. For an admission price of seven dollars for adults, people can (and do) scour the 40...

Mystic Caverns, and the adjacent Crystal Dome Cavern, are fairly typical of the 40 or so southern "show caves" listed by the National Caves Association as open to the public (four of which are in Arkansas), with gift shop, pipe handrails, and a Christian aura...

Pine Bluff is one of the nation's major chemical weapons facilities. It has several large industrial areas for hazardous work, more than 600 buildings, and at least 267 storage igloos. It stores 12.5% of the nation's obsolete chemical weapons, and is also a...

A folly of an old abandoned mill, made from scratch in the 1930s, commissioned by a local developer to beautify an "unsightly" overgrown creek between two artificial lakes in the Lakewood housing development. A sculptor from Mexico City, named Dionicio...

In 1986 when the Vertac Chemical company went bankrupt and the executives skipped town, they left a heavily contaminated facility, including 30,000 barrels of toxic waste. Located on the site of the WWII-era Arkansas Ordnance Plant, the company worked with...

The world headquarters for the world's largest retail company is located on a generic commercial strip outside downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. Down the street (named Sam Walton Boulevard) is a Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, Sonic, Taco Bell, Subway, Radio Shack, and...

The original five and dime that was the start of Sam Walton's Wal-Mart empire, circa 1945, is located in downtown Bentonville, on the town square. While maintaining its authentic facade, its interior has been transformed from small town store to the Wal-Mart...