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Celebrating 9 Years of OnlyInArk.com


Several interesting things happened on this date – April 21.

  • 753 BC –  Romulus founded Rome
  • 1509 – Henry VIII ascended the throne of England
  • 1789 – John Adams was sworn in as the first Vice President of the United States of America
  • 1926 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was born
  • 1951 – Tony Danza was born
  • 1977 – “Annie” opened on Broadway

And on April 21, 2014, we published the first story on OnlyInArk.com. Since that day, we have shared 3,157 stories with over 11.7 million page views. While it is not quite as monumental as the founding of Rome, we think it’s worth celebrating.

Let’s take a look back at some of our first stories from the spring of 2014 that are still quite relevant nine years later.

Canoeing the Mississippi River – Talya Tate Boerner took us on an excursion to Island 63 in the Mississippi from Helena.

Hemmingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott – Talya also shared the time in the 1930s when one of the most famous American writers, Earnest Hemmingway, lived in the small Northeast Arkansas town of Piggott.

Walking the Arkansas River Bridges – Sarabeth Jones gave us a tour of the Arkansas River Trail system connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock

Exploring Little Rock’s Riverfront Park with Kids – we learned from Kyran Pittman about all the things to do near “Le Petit Roche.”

Exploring the USS Razorback Submarine – Mel Lockuff visited the other side of the river and explored the submarine with her kids.

Go Loco at Loco Ropes in Mountain View – it’s fun to look back at Julie Kohl’s trip with her husband before their son George arrived. George is now finishing kindergarten, and we have seen him grow up on our site!

Fishing with Dad in the Natural State – Ashley Ederington shared her love of fishing with her Dad as a child and then with her husband and young boys.

Emmy At The Excursion Train Window

Ride the Rails on Arkansas’ Excursion Train – Annette King took her kids on a train trip from Springdale to Van Buren one spring morning and they were adorable.

5 Unique Ways to See North Arkansas – zipline, train and canoe are 3 of the ways Laurie Marshall saw the Ozarks.

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources – Jennifer Janes sought history and adventure with her family at the museum in South Arkansas.

Family Fun in Fifty-Six Under $56 – another family we have seen grow up on the site, Amanda Farris shared rope swinging, wading and catching fish at their secret swimming hole in Fifty-Six before heading to the soda fountain in Mountain View.

I could go on sharing these stories for ages. It has been such a fun journey telling stories of great things about Arkansas over the last nine years. It has been the highlight of my 26-year career to work with such incredible writers who love our state as much as I do.

But most of all, I have loved interacting with Arkansans about what they cherish most about Arkansas. There is no shortage of bad news these days. But each weekday, you will find a small celebration of life in Arkansas on your screen if you visit OnlyInArk.com.

If there is a story you would love to see on this site, please let us know in the comments. We love covering events, places, businesses, sports and much more, and our best story ideas come from you.

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Kristi was raised in the Natural State and has lived most of her life in Searcy. She enjoys traveling, reading, drinking girly coffee, taking sewing classes at Make.Do. and volunteering for Main Street Searcy. Otherwise, she is managing OnlyInArk.com and marketing at First Security Bank.

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2 responses to “Celebrating 9 Years of OnlyInArk.com”

  1. Mary jim Ledbetter says:

    Love this state,great stories you have shared, keep it going,wonderful place to be

  2. Jeff Bean says:

    I just wanted to look at the chocolate “gravy” and biscuits. Mmmmm! My family is from Howell and ozark counties in Missouri, and Baxter county in Arkansas. You can still get chocolate gravy and biscuits and several cafés.

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