Interesting Facts about the Billgrimage: Tracing Bill Clinton's Steps through Arkansas
-- Home to the Clinton Presidential Center & Park, Clinton lived
and served here for more than 12 years as Arkansas Governor. Find Bill Clinton facts and interesting tidbits about his time in Little Rock, Arkansas.
- Arkansas Governor's Mansion; 18th and
Center streets. This stately home was where the Clintons lived for 12
years. It was built between 1947 and 1950 in the colonial revival style.
Today, Gov. Mike Huckabee and his family live here. A bronze bust of
Clinton is located on the grounds of the mansion. The bust was created
by Jan Woods of Little Rock and is permanently displayed in a shady
garden just inside the mansion's front gate. It can be easily viewed
from the street in front of the mansion. See listing.
- Clinton's first home in Little Rock; 5419 L St. The Clintons lived here while Clinton served as attorney general from 1977-1979. It is a private residence.
- Clinton's former home; 816 Midland. This
was the Clintons' home after Clinton was defeated in his re-election bid
for governor. During this time, Clinton worked for a local law firm. It
is a private residence.
- Arkansas State Capitol; Woodlane and
Capitol Avenues. This neoclassical building modeled after the U.S.
Capitol is where Clinton served as governor from 1979-80 and from
1981-92. It was built between 1899 and 1915. See listing.
- Statehouse Convention Center; Markham and
Main streets. The Convention Center was the site of Clinton's
gubernatorial inauguration balls and also served as the media center for
national and international press during coverage of the 1992 and 1996
election nights. See listing.
- Old State House; 300 W. Markham St. This
striking Greek Revival structure built from 1833 to 1842 is probably
Arkansas's most recognizable landmark. It was here that Clinton
announced his bid for the presidency on Oct. 3, 1991, and made his
acceptance speech 13 months later on Nov. 3, 1992. Another major victory
celebration was held here on Nov. 5, 1996, when Clinton was re-elected
to a second term as president. The Old State House, which once served as
the first state capitol, is now a museum of Arkansas history. See listing.
- Old Gazette Building; 112 W. Third St.
This building housed Clinton's campaign headquarters during the 1992
presidential election. It once was the home of the Arkansas Gazette
newspaper, which merged in 1991 with the Arkansas Democrat.
-- This small town in southwest Arkansas is the birthplace of Clinton
(immortalized as "a place called Hope"). Here Clinton's first home is
preserved as the Clinton Center and is open for tours. The Hope
Watermelon Festival, which showcases the world's largest watermelons
each August, has also made the town well known. Get interesting facts about Bill Clinton and his time in Hope.
- Clinton's Center & Birthplace; 117 S.
Hervey St., where he lived with his grandparents from 1946 to 1950.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the house has been
refurbished to look as it did in the 1940s and 1950s; tour includes the
gift shop, replica of the Oval Office rug and a timeline. See listing.
- Clinton's second home; 321 E. 13th
St., where he lived from 1950 to 1953 with his mother and his
stepfather, Roger Clinton, a Hope automobile dealer. It is now a private
- Clinton's birthplace marker; 1001 S. Main
St. A marker noting the site of the Julia Chester Hospital where Clinton
was born was dedicated in November 1992. The hospital no longer exists.
- Former Brookwood Public School; 500 S. Spruce St., where Clinton attended first grade in 1952-53.
- Hope Visitor Center and Museum; located in
the former Union Pacific Railroad Depot at South Main and Division
streets in downtown Hope. This building was featured prominently in a
video on Clinton's life that was presented during the 1992 Democratic
National Convention. The city of Hope renovated it, and in January 1996,
opened it as a visitor center/museum. Exhibits and videos on the
history of the town and on Clinton's connection to Hope are featured. In
addition, a hand-carved wooden sign honoring Clinton is located in a
park adjacent to the visitor center. Self-guided driving tour brochures
are available at the center and step-on guides for motorcoaches can be
obtained with advance notice. See listing.
- Rose Hill Cemetery; off Ark. 29 where Clinton's mother, Virginia Kelley, is buried. Her parents and Clinton's father are also buried here.
-- Clinton's childhood home in the "Spa City" is just blocks from
schools and the church he attended, as well as his favorite spot for
hamburgers. Find Bill Clinton facts and information about his time in Hot Springs.
- Clinton's early boyhood home; 1011 Park Ave., where he and his family lived from 1954 to 1961. It is a private residence.
- Park Place Baptist Church; 721 Park Ave., where Clinton was baptized.
- The Polar Bar, now Bailey's Dairy Treat;
510 Park Ave. This restaurant was another of Clinton's favorite places.
It was once owned by the father of Clinton's good friend, Ronnie Cecil.
Clinton and his friends would often walk to the Polar Bar, where he
would order a chili-cheeseburger with a Grapette, a locally produced
- West Mountain Overlook; West Mountain in
Hot Springs National Park. The view from the sheltered overlook was a
favorite spot for Clinton and his friends.
- McClard's Barbecue; 505 Albert Pike. This
restaurant was a favorite of Clinton's, and it remains extremely popular
today with both locals and visitors. See listing.
- Old Hot Springs High School; 215 Oak St. This is where Clinton accumulated numerous honors before his graduation in 1964.
- Malco movie theater; 817 Central Ave. This
theater was a favorite place for Clinton and his friends to while away
summer afternoons. It is now home to the acclaimed Hot Springs
Documentary Film Festival.
- Clinton sign: A hand-carved sign honoring Clinton located in the Hill Wheatley Plaza on Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs.
-- Home to the University of Arkansas, this Northwest Arkansas city is
where Clinton came to teach law and run for Congress in the early 1970s.
Get interesting facts about Bill Clinton and his time in Fayetteville.
- Waterman Hall, the home of the University
of Arkansas Law School, where Clinton taught constitutional law from
1973 to 1976. Hillary Rodham, whom Clinton had met at Yale, also taught
- D-Lux Cafe (now the 36 Club Uber & Uber Burger); 300 Dickson Street. This restaurant was a popular
gathering place for the Clintons and their friends. Here they met with
friends and engaged in energetic political discussions about the future
of American government.
- Clinton House Museum; 930 California Blvd.
This is the home where Bill and Hillary Clinton resided while in
Fayetteville. They had their wedding at the home. It now houses a museum
of Clinton memorabilia.
- Former Clinton campaign headquarters;
824 N. College Ave. This building was the site of Clinton's campaign
headquarters when he launched his unsuccessful campaign to unseat U.S.
Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt.
- Old Main, the oldest structure on the
campus of the University of Arkansas. On Oct. 23, 1992, Clinton spoke to
a huge crowd of friends and supporters gathered here during a campaign
stop. See listing.