Hey Guys! Are you ready for the second part of our Arkansas adventures?
The main reason we were in the Little Rock area was to visit the Arkansas State Capitol Building. Y’all know about our rule of visiting the SCB before we can put the state sticker on our map.
We enjoyed the Arkansas SCB. It has a lovely dome! There’s something to be said for clean lines and modest decorations.
It had not one, but two of these fantastic staircases.
Both of the House and Senate Chambers were locked. We didn’t get to go inside, but I did snap the picture above through the window. I do love stained glass domes!
I love these big brass doors! I had The Dude stand in front of one so you could get a better perspective of their size.
I would have to say the best part of this SCB for us was the State Treasury room
where they let us hold half a million dollars!! Guys!! Have you ever touched so much money at once?
We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hold the money ourselves. We each got to hold the stack of money while the tour guide (I’m so bad with names) told us a bit about the history of the safe. He also gave the boys some perspective on how much money it takes to go to college and raise a kid. I think they were pretty surprised. We asked if he’d ever had anyone try to take off with the money. He said he hadn’t, but they do school fieldtrips there and he had one kid refuse to give the money back to him. I would like to have seen that conversation.
The other place we really wanted to visit in Little Rock is the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. One of the things we really love about being nomads is the ability to take the boys to places where our Country’s history happened. We feel like it makes a bigger impact to see it in person rather than just reading about it in some book.
We weren’t alive in May of 1957. We’d, of course, learned about what happened at the Little Rock Central High School during that turbulent time, but we hadn’t learned much about it with the watered down version that’s taught in schools. We really didn’t know anything. The Visitor Center laid out really well. There’s so much information you could spend the better part of a day reading though it all and watching the videos.
I’d never heard them called”the Little Rock Nine”, never thought about how brave they must have been, how hard they had to work to stay in school while so many wanted to find reasons to kick them out, and how they were representing an entire group of people. The whole world was watching these nine high school kids…just waiting to see if they failed or succeeded. That’s a lot of pressure. Reading about each of their stories was eye opening for all of us.
The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site includes the Visitor Center, this gas station where protests took place, and the High School itself. The high school is still a working school so the only way to tour it is on a Ranger led tour. We, unfortunately, didn’t get to go on one. I would have liked to, but timing didn’t work out.
We made a quick stop at The Old Mill Park which is a re-creation of an 1880s water-powered grist mill. You might recognize it from the opening scenes of “Gone With The Wind”. It was a busy little park! You can go into the mill and look around.
The Old Mill Park is dedicated to the memory of the Arkansas pioneers. The park is nestled at the end of a finger of Lake Number Two.
If you’ve followed us for long, you know that we love our burgers. We found a great foodie spot called Big Orange. The burger above is the Farmer’s Burger with a fried egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and aioli. It must have been good because it didn’t last long!
I had the Smashed Avocado Burger with avocado, pepper salad, Havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, and garlic aioli! It was delicious! Those fries you see in the background are the State Fair Fries which include chili, cheese dip, two different kinds of shredded cheese, pickled jalapenos, fresh jalapenos and red onion. The were totally not on my diet and I didn’t care at all…they were definitely worth it!
Pretties! There were tons of them!
I’m sure I took way more pictures
of pretties than I needed to.
I found this one at the Old Mill Park. I love the color and how different it looks!
That’s all for Arkansas! See y’all down the road!
This is the last post for the #minieasternloop2017