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5 Fun Facts About March 11 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1863, the Battle of Fayetteville occurred during the Civil War. Union soldiers under General Francis Herron defeated Confederate soldiers under General William Cabell, securing Northwest Arkansas for the Union.

2. On March 11, 1889, the Arkansas General Assembly adopted the state flower, the apple blossom. The apple industry was a significant part of Arkansas's economy in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

3. In 1898, the Arkansas State Board of Health was created to oversee public health concerns in the state. This was a response to growing concerns about sanitation and disease control.

4. On March 11, 1913, construction began on what is now known as Little Rock Central High School. The school gained national attention in 1957 when nine African American students tried to integrate the school, and Governor Orval Faubus called in the National Guard to prevent them from entering.

5. In 1985, the Arkansas Legislature created the Arkansas State Lottery to raise money for scholarships. The first lottery tickets went on sale in 2009, and since then, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has raised millions of dollars for college scholarships in the state.
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