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5 Fun Facts About October 7 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1908, the town of Gurdon was incorporated. Gurdon is a small town located in Clark County, Arkansas, and is known for its annual Gurdon Light festival.

2. On October 7, 1913, Arkansas State Normal School (now known as the University of Central Arkansas) opened its doors for the first time. The school was founded as a teacher's college and has since grown to become a comprehensive university.

3. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Arkansas to dedicate a new bridge over the Mississippi River between Memphis, Tennessee, and West Memphis, Arkansas. The bridge was named the Harahan Bridge in honor of William J. Harahan, the president of the Illinois Central Railroad.

4. On October 7, 1950, the University of Arkansas defeated the University of Tulsa in a football game by a score of 41-6. This victory was part of the Razorbacks' undefeated season and helped establish the team as a football powerhouse in the South.

5. In 2008, Arkansas governor Mike Beebe announced that 10,000 acres of land in the Ouachita National Forest would be protected and preserved as part of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. This new conservation effort was aimed at preserving the state's natural beauty and biodiversity for future generations.
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