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6/22/1898

With the construction of the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad (now the Kansas City Southern) through the Ouachita Mountains of west-central Arkansas, railroad officials sought to increase passenger traffic by opening a thirty-five-room hostelry on Rich Mountain on June 22, 1898.

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1/24/1957

Commission action to create Queen Wilhelmina State Park.

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2/21/1957

Act 76 signed to create the park.

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3/21/1957

Queen Wilhelmina State Park was dedicated at the Louise Durham School in Mena, Arkansas. Gov. Orval Faubus and Winthrop Rockefeller were key-note speakers.

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6/19/1957

Initial land acquired for the park.

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6/2/1959

The state of Arkansas worked towards building a new inn at the site where the 1898 Queen Wilhelmina Inn once stood.

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5/8/1960

Scenic railroad made its first run.

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6/9/1961

Café at the State Park opened.

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6/22/1963

Queen Wilhelmina Inn built by Arkansas State Parks opened and was dedicated.

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1/13/1966

New scenic drive atop Winding Stair and Rich Mountains was officially named the "Talimena Scenic Drive."

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