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The story behind the name "Arkansas" ~ According to the Arkansas Secretary of State's website, the Quapaws were known as the "downstream people" by some tribes, and the Algonkian-speaking Indians of the Ohio Valley called them the Arkansas, or "south wind." Their pronunciation of the name was "Oo-ka-na-sa," according to Arkansas Tech University. There were many different spellings & pronunciations mixing French, Quapaw, Algonkian, and ultimately English. In 1881, the Legislature passed a…

The story behind the name "Arkansas" ~ According to the Arkansas Secretary of State's website, the Quapaws were known as the "downstream people" by some tribes, and the Algonkian-speaking Indians of the Ohio Valley called them the Arkansas, or "south wind." Their pronunciation of the name was "Oo-ka-na-sa," according to Arkansas Tech University. There were many different spellings & pronunciations mixing French, Quapaw, Algonkian, and ultimately English. In 1881, the Legislature passed a…

Along the Eleven Point River in northeastern Arkansas is the Rice-Upshaw house, built around 1828 by Reuben Rice as a store & loom house for his rural trading center. In the mid-1840s, his sixth & youngest son, Thomas Blackman Rice, expanded the original one-story log structure to serve as his family’s home (top photo c.1900). It is one of the state's oldest structures. Restoration of the original building (bottom) took 10 yrs by Black River Technical College. Property is open to guided…

Along the Eleven Point River in northeastern Arkansas is the Rice-Upshaw house, built around 1828 by Reuben Rice as a store & loom house for his rural trading center. In the mid-1840s, his sixth & youngest son, Thomas Blackman Rice, expanded the original one-story log structure to serve as his family’s home (top photo c.1900). It is one of the state's oldest structures. Restoration of the original building (bottom) took 10 yrs by Black River Technical College. Property is open to guided…

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