Arkansas - My Family's Second Home

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    William J. Clinton Presidential Library

    After our visit to the State Capitol, we headed downtown for a light lunch, and then to the Clinton Presidential Library; as described in the quote below, much more that just the library which was the focus of our visit. The Clinton Presidential Center was dedicated on November 18, 2004 - below are multiple views of the library from the outside, and also many of the inside - there is a reconstructed Cabinet Room and also an Oval Office, furnished as in the Clinton years in the White House. We spent about 3 hours inside but could have stayed much longer - an excellent film narrated by Bill Clinton is shown in the theater - highly recommended if in Little Rock. Dave :)

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    I wonder if someday we'll have the Hillary Clinton Presidential Library nest door.
     
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    Yep, we took a tour w/ a guide (about 90 minutes) and that question was asked - guess that she has to win the election first - ;) Dave

    P.S. Hiliary was born in Chicago, Illinois, so original home or adopted state? Also, Obama is planning to have his 'Presidential Center' in south Chicago.
     
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    Concerning Presidential Libraries, there are about a dozen (first pic below - Source) - I'm surprised that we've been to just the Clinton Library - a LOT left to go! ;)

    NOW, before Katrina HIT the Gulf Coast, we did visit the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library at Beauvoir in Biloxi, MS on the coast - the place was severely damaged/destroyed by the hurricane, but has been rebuilt and opened a few years ago - that was a nice trip out of New Orleans - would enjoy returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to just see how the area has recovered - TERRIBLE damage to a lovely location. Dave :)
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    I have gone to the baths there. They consist of a bath in a large tub (someone actually washes you), a needle shower, a full massage a lounge with cold cloths. The spas look as if they’re from 19th century, with old-fashioned equipment and black and white tiled floors. Not only relaxing, but HISTORICAL (hubby loves the historical aspects of trips)
     
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    I fervently hope there will be a Hillary library somewhere.
     
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    Well, Susan has 'chimed in' - surprised she has not commented on the oysters or her two 'frog's leg' meals - ;) Dave
     
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    “... for dinner, we ate at Fisherman's Wharf, about 5 minutes from our resort condo - we shared a dozen oysters each of three dinners (from Louisiana, a state below Arkansas) - I had three different fishes - Susan had fried frog legs and fried catfish, a local specialty!”
    Fresh oysters, frogs’ legs, catfish--big treats for residents of central North Carolina!
     
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    After our visit to the Clinton Library, we checked into the Capital Hotel for two nights - see first few images of the location of the hotel, across the street from the much larger and newer Marriott and the Convention Center. The Capital Hotel is an historic property opening in 1870; President Grant was an early guest - the elevator is gigantic and anecdotes that Grant wanted to bring his horse, Cincinnati to his room are stated in the hotel's website's FAQs (see several quoted below); the other theory was that the size of the elevator was to accommodate the female hoop gowns common for the time. On the map circled in blue are several other attractions that we visited the following day, along w/ Central High School, an upcoming post.

    The Capital Hotel is beautifully restored as the views below show - the service was impeccable; rooms are large (we had a junior suite w/ a 25% discount) - the ceilings were at least 12 feet in height. There are two restaurants, i.e. the Bar & Grille, in which we dined at the first night - food was good but not outstanding; a live jazz trio was playing. The One Eleven at the Capital is their fancy restaurant but was closed on Sunday & Monday, so no opinion. If you need to stay in downtown Little Rock, then this hotel is highly recommended. Dave :)

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    Old State House of Arkansas - Original Capitol Building

    Monday morning I left Susan in the hotel room (still had a cold and coughing), and walked just a block to the Old State House - this is a wonderfully restored building that was saved from destruction, thankfully. The structure was built over nearly a 10-year period (1833-1842) and in-between in 1836 the territory became a US State, the 25th one. The Building has a central taller structure and two connected wings. Numerous exhibits are within the structure representing much Arkansas history and deserving the name of a 'museum'.

    Exhibits and rooms include a recreated House Chamber in 1836, a chronological hall of prominent Arkansas personalities, a Governor's exhibit, several rooms of the first Lady's inaugural gowns, a thorough discussion of the building and restoration, and many other interesting attractions. If in the city, this is a MUST visit - quotes from two different sources (first given above) & pics of the outside and inside of the Old State House - finally, an important remembrance site for the Bill Clinton family. Dave :)

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