LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Did You Know that Saturday is Arkansas' birthday? On June 15, 1836, we became the 25th state of the union.
On that day, we were in the process of giving ourselves quite a birthday present-the Old State House. While it wasn't yet completed, we had the audacity to begin building a state capitol building before we even joined the union.
"As Arkansas was about to become a state, the old statehouse had already been under construction for about three years," said Brooke Malloy, development director for the Old State House.
She also pointed out that Arkansas was poor back in the day, and as anyone who has worked with a contractor knows, when you run out of money, you cut corners. Bricks for the new state capitol were made onsite. You can still see some of them today in the museum, and those gleaming, white columns are actually bricks coated with plaster. It was called frontier engineering.