The first Walmart store was opened in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962 by Sam Walton, who went on to build one of the largest retail chains in the world. Today, Walmart is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, and is one of the largest employers in the state.

Garland County, Arkansas has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Caddo, Osage, Quapaw, and Cherokee. Evidence of these early inhabitants can be found in the form of burial mounds and artifacts throughout the county.

In the early 19th century, European settlers began to arrive in the area. One of the most significant events in Garland County's history was the establishment of Hot Springs as a health and leisure destination. The discovery of thermal springs with healing properties attracted visitors from all over the country, leading to the development of the city and the construction of bathhouses, hotels, and other amenities.

During the Civil War, Garland County experienced its fair share of conflict. Although predominantly pro-Union, many residents were divided in their loyalties. The Battle of Hot Springs, which took place in 1862, saw Union forces successfully repel a Confederate attack and maintain control of the area.

In the years following the war, Garland County continued to grow and evolve. The city of Hot Springs became known for its entertainment and gambling industry, attracting famous figures such as Al Capone and Babe Ruth. Today, the county remains a popular tourist destination, offering visitors the opportunity to explore its historical sites, enjoy natural beauty, and indulge in the healing waters of Hot Springs National Park.

  • 1800 - Native American tribes, such as the Quapaw, inhabit the land that will become Garland County.
  • 1807 - The United States acquires the land from the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1832 - The Quapaw Tribe signs a treaty with the US government, ceding their land to the government to make way for European American settlement.
  • 1832 - Garland County is established and named after Augustus H. Garland, who served as the attorney general under President Grover Cleveland.
  • 1836 - The first permanent settlers arrive in Garland County, primarily from the southern states.
  • 1836 - The county's first post office is established in Hot Springs, the county seat.
  • 1875 - The Hot Springs National Park is established, becoming the first national reserve in the US.
  • 1892 - The first electric streetcar system is installed in Hot Springs, connecting the city's different areas.
  • 1913 - The Fordyce Bathhouse opens, becoming one of the most luxurious bathhouses in Hot Springs.
  • 1920s - Hot Springs becomes a popular destination for organized crime figures, who open illegal gambling establishments and casinos.
  • 1940s - 1950s - The decline of illegal gambling leads to the growth of the tourism industry in Hot Springs, focusing on family-friendly attractions and natural thermal springs.
  • 1983 - The Central Avenue Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, showcasing the city's historic architecture.
  • 2010 - The population of Garland County reaches over 96,000 people, marking significant growth over the years.