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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In Arkansas History

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1. On March 23, 1863, a crucial battle was fought during the American Civil War in Washington, Arkansas. The battle resulted in a Union victory and helped them gain control of southwestern Arkansas.

2. The Ozark National Forest was officially established on March 23, 1908. The forest covers over 1 million acres and is home to numerous species of wildlife, including black bears and elk.

3. The first ever newspaper in Arkansas, called "The Arkansas Gazette," was published on March 23, 1819. The paper continued to be published for almost 200 years until it ceased operations in 1991.

4. On March 23, 1927, a tornado outbreak struck central Arkansas, killing 72 people and causing significant damage. This event remains one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in Arkansas history.

5. The Arkansas State Capitol building was dedicated on March 23, 1915. The building is considered one of the finest examples of Classical Revival architecture in the United States and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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