Mrs. B asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

In what year did Arkansas become known as "The Natural State"?

I can find the year Arkansas became a state, but not the year that it became known as "The Natural State". This is for a report, so if you have the source, that would be great. Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Natural State: (Official) This nickname was officially adopted by the legislature in 1995 and is intended to highlight the "...unsurpassed scenery, clear lakes, free-flowing streams, magnificent rivers meandering bayous, delta bottomlands, forested mountains, and abundant fish and wildlife." This nickname replaced the official Land of Opportunity nickname following the slogan Arkansas Is a Natural that was used to promote tourism and outdoor recreation.

    Land of Opportunity: This was the official state nickname of Arkansas prior to the adoption of The Natural State in 1995. Adopted in 1947, this nickname served for 38 years.

    The Wonder State: This nickname served the state of Arkansas as the official nickname from 1923 to 1947. This name was adopted by concurrent resolution of the legislature to promote Arkansas' abundance of natural resources and to replace the nickname, the Bear State, which was so widely in use and, it was feared, gave a false impression of the state.

    The Razorback State: Though not official, Arkansas is very often referred to as the Razorback State in reference to the athletic teams of the University of Arkansas. A razorback is a thin, long-legged wild hog resident in the state of Arkansas.

    The Hot Springs State: This nickname is in reference to the world-famous hot springs of Arkansas. A related, though less known, nickname was The Hot Water State.

    The Bowie State: This nickname, along with "The Toothpick State" references the famous Bowie knives that were in use in the Arkansas territory. The Bowie knife was first crafted by blacksmith/knifesmith James Black, to Jim Bowie's specification. It was said that a Bowie knife had to be sharp enough for shaving and heavy enough to use as a hatchet. It had to be long enough to be used as a sword and wide enough to paddle a canoe.

    The Toothpick State: Another large knife, made by Arkansas blacksmiths/knifesmiths and referred to as an Arkansas Toothpick, was similar in heft to a Bowie knife, but longer and designed for throwing.

    The Bear State: This is the earliest known nickname for Arkansas, first seen in print in 1858. Undoubtedly, Arkansas was referred to as the Bear State by early settlers who found the territory home to many bears. This nickname was pronounced, "Bar" State.

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  • 4 years ago

    Arkansas The Natural State

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  • 4 years ago

    Arkansas Nickname

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Tourism is also very important to the Arkansas economy; the official state nickname "The Natural State" was originally created (as "Arkansas Is A Natural") for state tourism advertising in the 1970s, and is still regularly used to this day.

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  • Matt s
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    1 decade ago

    the year they started using pesticides and artificial colors and flavorings.

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