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Little Rock and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

Little Rock is a cultural, economic, government, and transportation center within Arkansas and the South located on the south bank of the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas. Fourche Creek and Rock Creek run through the city, and flow into the river.  

Pulaski County CourthouseThe name derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called the “Little Rock” (French: La Petite Roche). The Little Rock was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing.

The Metro Streetcar System, formerly the River Rail Electric Streetcar, is a 3.4-mile (5.5 km) heritage streetcar system that runs from the North Little Rock City Hall and throughout downtown Little Rock before crossing over to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. The streetcar line has fourteen stops and a fleet of five cars with a daily ridership of around 350.

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The Port of Little Rock is an Intermodal River Port with a large Industrial Business Complex

hoga tugboatThe Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is located on North Shore Riverwalk Park along the shore of the Arkansas River in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is home to two floating Naval vessels that bookend World War II: the tugboat Hoga, designated a National Historic Landmark and recognized for her efforts during the Pearl Harbor attack of 1941; and the submarine Razorback, which was in Tokyo Bay during the formal surrender of Japan, ending World War II. The museum features exhibits on the following Naval vessels: the submarine Razorback, the tugboat Hoga, the battleship Arkansas, and the guided missile cruiser Arkansas.

A Collection from the Arkansas River Historical Society features the History of the Arkansas River

AIMM_cubscoutpack408_2017Arkansas Vessels there have been five naval vessels, four named in the United States Navy and one in the Confederate States Navy. The first of the vessels was CSS Arkansas, an ironclad ship used by the Confederates. This Arkansas had the shortest life, serving less than a month before it was scuttled in Louisiana. The USS Arkansas was built in Pennsylvania and bought by the Union during the Civil War in 1863, two months before the Union occupation of Arkansas. The Monitor USS Monitor was one of the last monitors built for the United States Navy. Launched in 1900 and commissioned in 1902, it served many different roles while in the navy. The fourth vessel, and the longest serving vessel, was the dreadnought battleship USS Arkansas and second member of the Wyoming class in the United States Navy. It was commissioned in 1912 and served in both World Wars. The last of the USS Arkansas was a Virginia-class nuclear-propelled guided-missile cruiser. Its primary mission was defending aircraft carrier task forces from both the air and from below. The cruiser was decommissioned in 1998.

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