A GUIDED TOUR OF PRESIDENT CLINTON 9S LITTLE ROCK For 16 years 3 12 ofthose years as Arkansas Governor 3 Bill Clinton and his family called Little Rock home.Hillary Clinton served as a lawyer with the Rose Law Firm.Their daughter attended public schools here.During those years, they developed strong ties and lasting friendships,and the support ofa state and a city that cheered him on as he reached his political aspirations.Welcome to Bill Clinton 9s Little Rock. Born William Jefferson Blythe IV to Virginia Cassidy and the late William J.Blythe III,Bill was later adopted by his stepfather,Roger Clinton.He spent his early years in Hope and Hot Springs,Arkansas,leaving in 1964 to attend Georgetown University.Following Georgetown,Bill studied at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and then entered Yale Law School.It was there that he met Hillary Rodham in 1971. They married four years later while serving as law professors at the University ofArkansas in Fayetteville.
The Clintons 9move to Little Rock in 1976 also marked Bill 9s official entry into politics.He won the Attorney General race,putting him in statewide office by age 30.In 1979, Clinton was elected as the youngest governor at the age of 32,but was defeated for re-election two years later.During the interim,the ... more. less.
Clintons 9daughter,Chelsea,was born,and Bill and Hillary returned to practicing law. Clinton regained the office ofArkansas Governor in 1983.In his second and subsequent terms as governor, Clinton 9s principal focus was on education reform, including testing ofteachers,applying standard curriculum and providing aid to marginal students,as well as the opportunity for vocational training.The First Lady 9s interest in education and childcare caused her husband to appoint her as chair ofthe commission that made the initial recommendations for education reform. Throughout their years in Little Rock,the Clintons were active in the community and in the church 3 Bill a member ofImmanuel Baptist Church and Hillary a member ofFirst United Methodist Church.<br><br> Governor Clinton often took morning jogs and stopped offdowntown for coffee.And,as most people know,President Clinton still likes playing the tenor sax now and then,a hobby he eagerly showed on the Arsenio Hall Show during the 1992 presidential campaign. So while you 9re in Little Rock,we invite you to tour our historic presidential paths and enjoy the same beautiful scenery and warm Arkansas hospitality that Bill Clinton and his family still enjoy. clintontours.comarkansasglobecoming.com Governor 9s Mansion 18th and Center Streets Built between 1947 and 1950,the Arkansas Governor 9s Mansion occupies the site ofthe historic Arkansas School for the Blind.The design for the Governor 9s Mansion is a latter-day version ofthe Colonial Revival style,reportedly chosen to complement the Greek revival architecture ofthe Old State House,located 17 blocks north ofthe Governor 9s Mansion at the head ofCenter Street.President Clinton and his family lived in the Mansion during his first term as Arkansas Governor from 1979 until 1981 and then again from 1983 until 1992 when he was elected President ofthe United States.<br><br> Dunbar Recreation Center 1001 West 16th Street President Clinton 9s polling place during his years as Arkansas Governor and where he cast his vote for President in 1992. 5419 L Street On January 5,1977,young Bill and Hillary Clinton purchased this one-story buffbrick home.The Clintons lived here across from Prospect Terrace Park while he served as Arkansas Attorney General from 1977-79. 816 Midland Street After his loss to Republican Frank D.White,the Clintons and their newborn daughter,Chelsea Victoria Clinton,born February 27,1980,moved to this two-story frame home.During this interim period,the Clintons returned to law practice.<br><br> Arkansas State Capitol Woodlane and Capitol Avenue 501-682-1010 www.sosweb.state.ar.us/bldg.html Bill Clinton served as Arkansas Governor here from 1979-81 and 1983-92.The Arkansas State Capitol was built between 1899 and 1915 in an imposing neo-classical style. Built primarily ofBatesville limestone quarried in Arkansas and some Indiana Bedford Limestone,the interior was clintontours.comarkansasglobecoming.com 1.Governor 9s Mansion 2.Dunbar Recreation Center 3.5419 L Street 4.816 Midland Street 5.Arkansas State Capitol 6.Justice Building 7.Statehouse Convention Center 8.Old State House 9.Clinton/Gore Campaign Headquarters 10.Rose Law Firm 11.Immanuel Baptist Church 12.First United Methodist Church 13.Mann Magnet Middle School 14.Robinson Center 15.Clinton Presidential Center and Park 16.University ofArkansas Clinton School ofPublic Service 17.Cox Creative Center 18.Doe 9s Eat Place 19.River Market District 20.Central High School National Historic Site 21.Arkansas Children 9s Hospital 22.Rebsamen GolfCourse 23.Allsopp Park 24.Wright Lindsey & Jennings Law Firm/Bank ofAmerica Building 25.McDonald 9s 26.Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center 22 · 4 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 25 26 clintontours.comarkansasglobecoming.com finished in marble from Vermont,Colorado and Alabama. The top ofthe dome is 230 feet above the surrounding ground,and the lantern roofis covered in 18-karat gold leaf.<br><br> Many lavish details include six solid bronze doors purchased from Tiffany 9s ofNew York. Justice Building 1500 West 7th Street While Bill Clinton served as Arkansas Attorney General,he had offices in the state 9s Justice Building. Statehouse Convention Center Markham and Main Streets 501-376-4781 www.littlerock.com This was the site ofBill Clinton 9s gubernatorial inauguration balls and also served as the Media Center for the national and international press during Election Nights 992 and 996.<br><br> Old State House 300 West Markham Street 501-324-9685 www.oldstatehouse.com Bill Clinton announced his bid for the presidency here on October 3,1991,and delivered his acceptance speeches in 1992 and 1996.The Old State House is a museum ofArkansas history.It was erected from 1833-1842 and served as Arkansas 9first State Capitol. Clinton/Gore Campaign Headquarters 112 West 3rd Street This historic structure,the 1908 Gazette Building, served as President Clinton 9s campaign headquarters during the 1992 presidential election.The building formerly housed the state 9s oldest business,the Arkansas Gazette , until the newspaper merged with the Arkansas Democrat in 1991.Known as the coldest newspaper west ofthe Mississippi River, dthe Gazette had been an Arkansas institution since 1819. Rose Law Firm 120 East 4th Street Hillary Clinton practiced law with the Rose Law Firm from 1981-1992.<br><br> Immanuel Baptist Church 1000 Bishop Street When in Little Rock,President Clinton attended landmark Immanuel Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock.The church has since relocated to a new site. First United Methodist Church 8th and Center Streets When in Little Rock,Hillary attended church services at Little Rock 9s oldest Methodist Church. Mann Magnet Middle School 1000 East Roosevelt Road The Clintons 9daughter,Chelsea,attended Mann Magnet,a public school with an emphasis on math and science.<br><br> Robinson Center Markham and Broadway Streets 501-376-4781 www.littlerock.com Built between 1937-1940,Joseph T.Robinson Memorial Auditorium was the site ofPresident-Elect Clinton 9s December 1992 Clinton Economic Conference. U.S.Senator Joseph T.Robinson (1872-1937),the only Arkansan other than Bill Clinton to appear on a Presidential ticket,ran for Vice President as a Democrat in 1928. Clinton Presidential Center and Park 501-370-5050 www.clintontours.com www.clintonpresidentialcenter.com Located in downtown Little Rock 9s River Market District on the banks ofthe Arkansas River,the Clinton Presidential Center will house the largest archival collection in American Presidential History.The Center will include a museum,an archival collection and educational facilities.<br><br> clintontours.comarkansasglobecoming.com Within the Park,a historic railroad bridge spanning the Arkansas River is being restored and converted into a pedestrian bridge.In addition to the pedestrian bridge,the Park will contain a pavilion,an amphitheater,a children 9s playground two-thirds the size ofa football field and walking/ bicycle trails.The Center will open November 18,2004. University ofArkansas Clinton School ofPublic Service Dean Kumpuris Street William J.ClintonPresidential Park 501-370-8000 www.clintonpresidentialcenter.com Across from the Presidential Center Museum will be the University ofArkansas Clinton School ofPublic Service. It will be located in the restored 1899 Choctaw passenger train depot.The Clinton School will offer a master 9s degree in public service.<br><br> Cox Creative Center 120 Commerce Street 501-918-3093 The Cox Creative Center,a part ofthe Central Arkansas Library System,has been host to three Clinton Presidential Library preview exhibits. Doe 9s Eat Place 1023 West Markham Street 501-376-1195 Doe 9s became a favorite restaurant frequented by the Presidential Campaign staffduring the 1992 election.During his frequent visits to Arkansas,President Clinton often ate at Doe 9s and even ordered take-out for Air Force One. River Market District Beginning at President Clinton Avenue,this beautiful area is bustling with restaurants,hotels,lofts,condominiums, shops and a large farmers 9market.One ofthe President 9s favorite stops,Andina 9s Coffee House,is located at 400 President Clinton Avenue and features two special roasts named in honor ofBill and Hillary Clinton.Also in the River Market is the Clinton Information Center where visitors can learn about the Presidential Center and purchase souvenirs.<br><br> Central High School National Historic Site 2125 South Daisy L.Gatson Bates Drive 501-374-1957 http://home.swbell.net/chmuseum A visitors center with a permanent exhibit is located across the street from the school.In 1997,President Clinton attended the 40th Anniversary ceremony commemorating the 1957 desegregation crisis. Arkansas Children 9s Hospital 800 Marshall Street Hillary served on the board ofthis hospital and was instrumental in establishing its neo-natal intensive care unit. Rebsamen GolfCourse 3400 Rebsamen Park Drive 501-664-4299 This public golfcourse,owned and operated by the city ofLittle Rock,is a favorite ofBill Clinton 9s during his trips to Little Rock.He frequently plays golf here with friends.<br><br> Allsopp Park Allsopp Park Road In elementary school,Chelsea played softball in the Hillcrest Softball League at the Allsopp Park field.Bill and Hillary Clinton were avid fans. Wright Lindsey & Jennings Law Firm/ Bank ofAmerica Building 200 WestCapitol Avenue Bill Clinton practiced law here from 1981-1983. McDonald 9s 701 Broadway Street As governor and during his first presidential campaign, Clinton would stop in frequently after his morning jogs for coffee.<br><br> Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center I-30 and 6th Street 501-375-2100 Located near the Clinton Presidential Center,this hotel showcases Clinton and other presidential memorabilia,and features the Bill Clinton Presidential Ballroom. clintontours.comarkansasglobecoming.com Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O.Box 3232 Little Rock,AR 72203 www.littlerock.com 501-376-4781 " 877-220-2568