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5 Fun Facts About December 19 In Arkansas History

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1. On December 19, 1846, the Arkansas legislature chartered the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad, which would eventually become part of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The railroad played a significant role in the economic development and growth of Arkansas.

2. On December 19, 1887, renowned Arkansas architect Charles L. Thompson was born in Little Rock. Thompson designed many notable buildings in the state, including the Arkansas State Capitol Building and the Robinson Auditorium.

3. In 1929, the first commercial oil well was drilled in Union County, Arkansas on December 19th. The oil industry quickly became an important part of the state's economy.

4. On December 19, 1973, the University of Arkansas defeated the University of Oklahoma 27-14 in the Cotton Bowl. This was the first time the Razorbacks had won a major bowl game since 1965 and remains one of the most memorable victories in the school's football history.

5. Finally, on December 19, 1998, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock opened a new $30 million facility that included expanded exhibition space, a larger performing arts theater, and improved educational facilities. The center is now one of the largest cultural institutions in the state and features a wide range of exhibitions and events throughout the year.
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