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    robinson center

    by doug48 Updated May 20, 2012

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    joseph taylor robinson memorial auditorium
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    joseph taylor robinson memorial auditorium also called the robinson center is named after arkansas senator and governor joseph robinson. this massive greek revival building is home to the arkansas symphony orchestra and hosts traveling broadway plays. joseph taylor robinson memorial auditorium is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    old state house

    by doug48 Updated May 20, 2012

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    old state house

    the old state house was built in 1843 and is the oldest existant capitol building west of the misssiisppi. this beautiful greek revival building was designed by architect giddeon shryrock who also designed the kentucky state capitol building. the old state house served as arkansas' state capital until 1911 when the new state capital building was constructed. the old state house is listed on the national register of historic places. today the old state house is home to museum of arkansas history. this interesting museum is well worth a visit when in downtown little rock. admission is free.

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    oakland fraternal cemetery

    by doug48 Written May 20, 2012

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    oakland fraternal cemetery

    the oakland fraternal cemetery is a historic cemetery located just south of downtown. during the civil war 2,073 union and 416 confederate soldiers were interned here. the oakland cemetery also has a african-american and jewish section. the oakland fraternal cemetery is listed on the national register of historic places and has an excellent collection of funerary art.

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    quapaw quarter

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    the quapaw quarter is a section of downtown little rock known for it's historic antebellum and victorian homes. pictured is villa marie built in 1881. villa marie was used as the exterior of sugarbaker designs in the television show designing women. for those interested in architecture the quapaw quarter is a very worth while neighborhood to explore in downtown little rock. the quapaw quarter is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    river market

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    the river market is downtown little rock's shopping and entertainment district. located on the arkansas river the river market has a public park and a collection of bars and restaurants. a fun place to visit for nightlife in downtown little rock.

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    new pulaski courthouse

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    new pulaski county courthouse

    the new pulaski courthouse is located next to the old pulaski courthouse on west markham street. the new pulaski courthouse was built in 1912. this neo-classical building is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    old pulaski county courthouse

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    old pulaski county courthouse

    the old pulaski courthouse was built in 1888. this interesting victorian building is listed on the national register of historic places. the old pulaski counthouse is currently used for county offices. for those interested in victorian architecture the old counrthouse is worth a look in downtown little rock.

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    central high school

    by doug48 Updated May 19, 2012

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    in 1957 little rock central high school received national media attention for the admittance of nine african-american students. in 1954 the supreme court ruling brown vs. the board of education mandated the desegreation of schools in the south. the little rock school board selected nine students to be admitted but they were turned away by governor orval faubus and the arkansas national guard. president dwight d. eisenhower federalized the national guard and sent the army 101 st division to force the admittance of the students. the students who became known as the little rock nine were admitted dispite white student protests. the desegegation of central high school was an important event in the 1950's and 1960's civil rights movement. little rock central high school is listed on the natiional register of historic places.

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    state capital

    by doug48 Updated May 18, 2012

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    the current state capital building was built between 1911 and 1915 on the site of the old arkansas state penitentiary. prison labor was used for the construction of the building. this beautiful neo classical building is listed on the national register of historic places. the capital building is open for tours weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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    arkansas arts center

    by doug48 Written May 18, 2012

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    arkansas arts center

    the arkansas arts center is the best art museum in little rock. their permanent collection is of american and european drawings and decorative arts. the museum also hosts traveling exhibitions from museums from around the world. for those interested in fine art the arkansas arts center is worth a stop when in downtown little rock. open tues-sunday, admission is free.

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    historic arkansas museum

    by doug48 Updated May 17, 2012

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    historic arkansas museum

    the historic arkansas museum is a collection of pre-civil war buildings on a block in downtown little rock. the museum also has an art gallery and permanent exhibits on arkansas history. for more images of the museum's collection of buildings see my historic arkansas travelogue.

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    david owen dodd memorial

    by doug48 Updated May 16, 2012

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    site of the execution of david o. dodd
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    pictured is marker on the site of the execution of david owen dodd, "the boy hero of the confederacy". on december 24 th 1863 andrew dodd sent his seventeen year old son to deliver letters to business associates in union held little rock to seek investments in a tabacco deal. confederate general james fagan issued dodd a pass to enter union territory. on december 28 th dodd visited the provost marshall's office in little rock and obtained a pass to return to confederate territory. when dodd left union territory a guard tore up his pass. the next day dodd mistakely recrossed the union line and was stopped by a sentry. since he did not have a pass dodd was searched and the sentry found a note book with with information about union troop locations around little rock. dodd was arrested as a spy and court martialed. dodd was convicted and hung on the grounds of the little rock arsenal. after his execution dodd became known as "the boy hero of the confederacy". a similar event occured in pulaski tennesse with the execution of sam davis also known as "the boy hero of the confederacy".

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    curran hall

    by doug48 Updated May 15, 2012

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    curran hall

    a good first stop on a visit to little rock is the visitor center at curran hall. the visitor center is located in the historic walters-curran-bell house also known as curran hall. this beautiful greek revival home was built in 1842 and is one of the oldest homes in little rock. at curran hall you can get information of little rock's hotels, restaurants, and attractions. curran hall is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    little rock arsenal

    by doug48 Updated May 15, 2012

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    little rock arsenal

    the little rock arsenal was built in 1840 to protect little rock from indian attack. in 1861 the arsenal was taken over by the confederacy and later retaken by the union in 1864. in 1864 the arsenal was the the execution site of david o. dodd who at the time was called "the boy hero" of the confederacy. in 1880 future general douglas mac arthur was born at the arsenal. today the arsenal houses the museum of arkansas military history. the little rock arsenal is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    Arkansas Capitol

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Capitol Building stands 230 feet tall featuring a circular central drum tower that is capped with a dome and cupola. The building was built over a century ago as a replica of the US Capitol and has been used in many movies as a stand in. The construction started in 1899 with George Mann and ended in 1915 with Cass Gilbert. Located on the grounds are several monuments including monuments to veterans, police, Confederate soldiers, Confederate women and a Confederate war prisoners marker.

    Open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. and on weekends and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm. You can have a guided tour or just walk through yourself. The free scheduled tours of the Capitol Building are offered weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm

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