The U.S.’s only active diamond mine is in Arkansas—the so-called “Crater of Diamonds” state. It joined the nation in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase but wasn’t its own state until 1836. It’s where prominent figures such as Johnny Cash, Maya Angelou, and former President Bill Clinton were born.
Its capital is Little Rock, sharing the name of the little rock at its river crossing nearby that guided early settlers west. Food production is at the forefront of the state’s economy, namely rice, and soybeans. However, the state also exports significant amounts of other agricultural products such as cotton and lumber. Small businesses relying on nearby food distribution centers would thrive in Arkansas.