Arkansas was the 25th state in the USA It became a state on June 15, 1836. The Capital is Little Rock. The State Nickname is The Natural State. The official state flag of Arkansas was chosen in a design contest in 1913 - the winner was Miss Willie Kavanaugh Hocker of Wabbaseka. - The flag's design was finalized in 1926. - The diamond shapes in the center represent the diamond gemstone, because Arkansas is the only state in the USA where diamonds have been found. - Since Arkansas was the twenty-fifth state to join the Union, there are 25 white stars around the diamond. - The three blue stars in the lower part of the center represent Spain, France and the United States, the countries that have ruled Arkansas. - The blue star in the upper center represents the Confederacy, of which Arkansas was a member.