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Arkansas State Symbols - State Rock Bauxite

To finish Arkansas, I'll share a little information about their state rock bauxite. Bauxite is the source ore for making aluminum, and Arkansas had lots of this important ore in the center of the state - there is even a town named Bauxite where the mines are. Discovered in the 1890s, bauxite was mined by the General Bauxite Company, then by the Pittsburgh Reduction Company, and finally ( and still) by ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America). Production peaked in Arkansas during the two World Wars, then dropped off as demand was reduced.

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