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Welcome to the new CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a work in progress. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

Photo Of The Day
Magazine: Street Scene

Shown in the distance of this 1918 photo of the main street of the town of Magazine (Logan County) is Mount Magazine, the highest elevation in the state. Rising to almost 2,800 feet, the mountain is home to Mount Magazine State Park, which opened in 2000.

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This Day in Arkansas History
August 8, 1956

Mount Bethel Winery in Altus (Franklin County) was founded by Eugene Post. Mount Bethel is the third-oldest winery in the state and is part of the tradition of Arkansas winemaking established by Swiss Catholic immigrants who settled in the western part of the state in the late eighteenth century. Of note is the winery’s elderberry wine; Mount Bethel is the only winery in the state to make use of this native wild berry.

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