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5 Fun Facts About July 18 In Arkansas History

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1. On July 18, 1947, a fire broke out at the Southern Kraft Paper Mill in Camden, Arkansas, causing extensive damage to the facility. The mill was later rebuilt and remains a major employer in the area.

2. In 1992, Arkansan Goelet A. C. "Goey" Hearst Jr. died on July 18. Hearst was a prominent businessman and philanthropist who played a key role in the development of the state's wildlife and natural resources.

3. On July 18, 2009, the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team played their final game at Ray Winder Field in Little Rock after 75 years. The team moved to a new stadium, Dickey-Stephens Park, in North Little Rock.

4. In 1988, on July 18, the Ozark Natural Science Center was established in Huntsville, Arkansas, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the natural world.

5. On July 18, 1902, popular novelist John Gould Fletcher was born in Little Rock. Fletcher won the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry in 1939 and was a leading figure in the Southern literary renaissance.
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