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5 Fun Facts About December 2 In Arkansas History

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1. On December 2, 1806, former Arkansas Governor James Sevier Conway was born in Greene County, Tennessee. He served as the state's fifth governor from 1852 to 1860, overseeing significant infrastructure improvements and educational development during his tenure.

2. The town of Hazen, Arkansas was founded on December 2, 1882. Originally known as "Wattensaw," the town was renamed in honor of a railroad official and grew into a center for agriculture and transportation.

3. The Arkansas State Capitol building was dedicated on December 2, 1911, after three years of construction. Designed in the neoclassical style by architect Cass Gilbert, the building boasts stunning marble interiors and numerous works of art.

4. On December 2, 1938, the state of Arkansas officially recognized "Arkansas Traveler" as its official state song. The tune, which dates back to the mid-1800s, was written by Colonel Sanford C. Faulkner and has since become a beloved anthem for the state and its people.

5. The University of Arkansas celebrated a major milestone on December 2, 1955, when it announced plans to establish a medical school in Little Rock. Today, the UAMS College of Medicine is one of the top medical schools in the country, offering cutting-edge research and training for future physicians, scientists, and healthcare professionals.
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