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Museum of Automobiles

The Museum of Automobiles boasts 50 Antique Cars, 6 Antique Motorcycles, Antique License Plate Collection, Antique Small Cars, Antique Amusement Machines that still work, and a Gift Shop.

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ARKANSAS

Arkansas is a southern U.S. state bordering the Mississippi River. It’s known for its abundant park and wilderness areas, with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers and hot springs. The rugged Ozarks region in its northwest has hiking trails and limestone caves such as Blanchard Springs Caverns. Its capital, Little Rock, hosts the Clinton Presidential Center, housing Bill Clinton’s presidential archives.

AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY

The movement away from “good dirt roads” began with arrival of automobiles in Arkansas. By 1903, around fifty vehicles were in Arkansas. At that time, the main streets of some towns were paved in brick, but most were dirt. The Arkansas Good Roads Association was founded to lobby for progress in 1903, and started special road districts supported by taxes in 1907. The Dollarway Road from Pine Bluff to Little Rock was the first example of a modern road in the state. The state began numbering highways in 1917, and the Ozark Trails Association issued a map showing distances measured between white rings painted on trees and posts. By 1918, Arkansas had 190 miles of hard-surfaced roads.

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