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5 Fun Facts About May 26 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1818, the first steamboat to arrive in Arkansas, the "Comet," landed in Little Rock. It was the first of many steamboats that would become a vital mode of transportation for both people and goods in the state.

2. In 1836, the Arkansas legislature chose Little Rock as the new capital of the Arkansas Territory, replacing Arkansas Post. Little Rock has remained the capital of Arkansas ever since.

3. On May 26, 1864, Union General Frederick Steele's troops captured the Confederate capital of Little Rock during the Civil War. The Union occupation of Little Rock would last until the end of the war in 1865.

4. In 1911, the Arkansas State Capitol building was completed in Little Rock. The building features a dome modeled after the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

5. In 1958, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees voted to admit African American students to the university, marking a significant step forward in the civil rights movement in the state. The first African American students would be admitted a few years later, in 1964.
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