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Little Rock Believes!


Little Rock is a great city. We've got hills. We've got a beautiful river. We've got beautiful buildings. We've got history. We've got wonderful hospitals, physicians, therapists, and nurses. We've got vibrant churches. We've got beautiful parks. But, most importantly, we've got the best people in the world!

Santa Pete LOVES Little Rock. That's why, starting today, it's COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS IN LR! Every day during December, we'll be posting something interesting about Little Rock.

Little Rock is the capital and the largest city of the state of Arkansas. Including North Little Rock, it is home to 261,170 people. It is the county seat of Pulaski County.

Located in the geographic center of Arkansas, Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche (French: "the little rock").

French explorer Jean-Baptiste Benard de la Harpe (his buddies just called him JBBDLH) is the one credited with naming Little Rock in 1721. Explorers and early settlers called it The Little Rock to distinguish it from the big rock upstream. The “big rock” was once used as a rock quarry. The “little rock” marked a popular crossing place in the river, and a settlement grew in that place. Today, you can see a piece of the Little Rock at the north end of Rock Street near the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park.