On our first day, we visited the State Capitol and drove by the Arkansas Governor's mansion. We also drove by the historic Central High School, which has ties to Kansas. It was in 1957, that nine African American students were escorted by the National Guard under the order of President Dwight D. Eisenhower into a formerly all-white school following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. We visited the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site the next day and found it interesting and informative.
We also visited the old Arkansas Statehouse, which for most Americans is probably most recognized as the site of Governor Bill Clinton's appearance following his election as President of the United States in November 1992. As mentioned in a previous post, we also spent several hours at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
After visiting the capital city, we decided to venture to another well-known and historic Arkansas city -- Hot Springs.