Capital: Little Rock Founded: 1836 Interesting facts: In November, 1932, Hattie Caraway was elected senator in Arkansas. She became the first woman in the U.S. Senate. Home of country music legend, Johnny Cash. It is illegal for the Arkansas River to rise above the Main Street Bridge in Little Rock (no mention is made as to how this law could be enforced). In 1962, Sam Walton opened his first Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Arkansas. 47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain. 1,000,000 gallons of 143°F flow from the springs every day.