Bill Clinton's Little Rock

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For 16 years as Arkansas's Governor, Bill Clinton called Little Rock home. He was instrumental in many key economic, healthcare, educational and tourism initiatives. He also put a few eateries on the national stage. After his tenure as our nation's 42nd President, he returned to Arkansas's capital city to open his presidential library. Explore Bill Clinton's Little Rock!

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Allsopp Park

Allsopp Park

3700 Cedar Hill Road · (501) 371-4770

In elementary school, Chelsea Clinton played softball in the Hillcrest Softball League at the Allsopp Park field. Bill and Hillary Clinton were avid fans.


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Arkansas Children’s Hospital

1 Children’s Way · (501) 364-1100

Hillary Clinton served on the board of this world-renowned hospital and was instrumental in establishing its neonatal intensive care unit. In 2004, Arkansas Children’s Hospital purchased the former Immanuel Baptist Church which now serves as its child care facility, fitness center and mini auditorium.


Arkansas Governor’s Mansion

1800 Center Street · (501) 324-9805

Built between 1947 and 1950, the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion occupies the original site of the historic Arkansas School for the Blind. The design for the Governor’s Mansion is a latter-day version of the Colonial Revival style, chosen to complement the Greek Revival architecture of the Old State House, located 17 blocks north of the Governor’s Mansion at the head of Center Street. President Clinton and his family lived in the mansion during his first term as Arkansas Governor from 1979 until 1981, and then again from 1983 until 1992 when he was elected President of the United States.

Arkansas State Capitol

Arkansas State Capitol

500 Woodlane Street · (501) 682-5080

Bill Clinton served as Arkansas Governor here from 1979-81 and 1983-92. The Arkansas State Capitol, modeled after the nation’s Capitol, was built between 1899 and 1915 in an imposing Neo-classical style. Built primarily of Batesville limestone quarried in Arkansas and some Indiana Bedford Limestone, the interior was finished in marble from Vermont, Colorado and Alabama. The top of the dome is 230 feet above the surrounding ground, and the lantern roof is covered in 18-karat gold leaf. Many lavish details include six solid bronze doors purchased from Tiffany’s of New York. The Capitol grounds feature a civil rights memorial dedicated to the Little Rock Nine.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

1 Airport Drive · (501) 372-3439

Formerly Little Rock National Airport, the name officially changed to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in May, 2013 in honor of Arkansas’s most famous political couple. Both attended the official dedication.

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Bruno’s Little Italy

310 Main Street · (501) 372-7866

Est. 1949; co-owner Gio Vanni Bruno is married to President Clinton’s cousin, Marie Clinton Bruno.

Arkansas Studies Institute

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

401 President Clinton Avenue · (501) 320-5700

Part of the Central Arkansas Library System, the Butler Center is home to Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial papers.

Gazette Building

Clinton/Gore Campaign Headquarters

112 West 3rd Street

This historic structure, the 1908 Gazette Building, served as President Clinton’s campaign headquarters during the 1992 presidential election. The building formerly housed the state’s oldest business, the Arkansas Gazette, until the newspaper merged with the Arkansas Democrat in 1991. Known as the “oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River,” the Gazette had been an Arkansas institution since 1819. Now the building serves as eStem Public Charter Schools.

President Clinton's Little Rock

Clinton home at 5419 L Street

On January 5, 1977, young Bill and Hillary Clinton purchased this one-story buff brick home. The Clintons lived here across from Prospect Terrace Park while he served as Arkansas Attorney General from 1977-79.

President Clinton's Little Rock

Clinton home at 816 Midland Street

After his loss to Republican Frank D. White, the Clintons and their newborn daughter, Chelsea Victoria Clinton, born February 27, 1980, moved to this two-story frame home. During this interim period, the Clintons returned to law practice.

Clinton Museum Store

Clinton Museum Store

1200 President Clinton Ave. · (501) 748-0401

Visit the Clinton Museum Store for unique gifts, presidential memorabilia, collectibles and apparel to remember your visit to the Clinton Presidential Center. Located inside the Clinton Presidential Library, the store is within walking distance of several hotels, restaurants and other museums. Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2:00-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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Clinton Presidential Center and Park

1200 President Clinton Avenue · (501) 374-4242

Located in downtown Little Rock’s River Market District, the Clinton Presidential Center sits on the bank of the Arkansas River. In addition to the Presidential Library, the surrounding park includes a historic railroad bridge spanning the Arkansas River that has been restored and converted into a pedestrian bridge, as well as the Presidential Park Wetlands.

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Clinton Presidential Center

1200 President Clinton Avenue · (501) 537-0042

President Clinton is America’s 42nd president, so it's only fitting that the Library's on-site restaurant should serve some of the President's favorite dishes.  The restaurant and terrace overlook the Arkansas River and the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge. Restaurant Hours: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; Coffee Bar Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m Monday - Friday

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

River Market District

As part of the $2.4 million Entergy Arkansas River Lights in the Rock project, the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge is one of three downtown bridges illuminated by LED lights. Along with the Main Street Bridge and the Junction bridge, the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge provides beautiful colors that bounce off the river waters, and features hourly light shows. President Clinton attended the 2013 lighting event, flipping the switch lighting his bridge.

Cox Creative Center

Cox Creative Center

120 River Market Avenue · (501) 918-3093

Part of the Central Arkansas Library System, this building housed the first preview exhibit prior to the Clinton Presidential Library opening.

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Doe’s Eat Place

1023 West Markham Street · (501) 376-1195

Doe’s became a favorite restaurant frequented by the presidential campaign staff during the 1992 election. During his frequent visits to Arkansas, President Clinton often ate at Doe’s and even ordered take-out for Air Force One.

Dunbar Community Center

Dunbar Community Center

1001 West 16th Street · (501) 376-1084

The center was President Clinton’s polling place during his years as Arkansas Governor, and where he cast his vote for President in 1992.

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church

723 Center Street · (501) 372-2256

When in Little Rock, Hillary Clinton attended church services at Little Rock’s oldest Methodist Church. 

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Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library

4800 West 10th Street · (501) 978-3870

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was recognized for her services to children and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) named the new children’s library in her honor. She and President Bill Clinton attended the dedication in July, 2013. Located on a six-acre site, the library and learning center includes a computer lab with 14 computers, a teaching kitchen, a large activity area, individual and group study rooms, a theater, and a community room in addition to a collection of more than 21,000 books, DVDs, and CDs.

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Holiday Inn Presidential

600 Interstate 30 · (501) 375-2100

Located near the Clinton Presidential Center, this hotel showcases Clinton and the 2nd largest White House and presidential memorabilia collection in Arkansas. It features the Bill Clinton Presidential Ballroom and the Camp David Restaurant.

Horace Mann Magnet School

Horace Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School

1000 East Roosevelt Road · (501) 447-3100

The Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, attended Mann Magnet, a public school with an emphasis on the arts and sciences.

President Clinton's Little Rock

Immanuel Baptist Church

1000 Bishop Street

When in Little Rock, President Clinton attended landmark Immanuel Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock. The original sanctuary/church building was sold to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and has since relocated to a new site in West Little Rock.

The Justice Building

The Justice Building

625 Marshall Street · (501) 682-9400

While Bill Clinton served as Arkansas Attorney General, he had offices in the state’s Justice Building.


Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

2120 South Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive · (501) 374-1957

A visitors center and museum with permanent exhibits is located across the street from the school. In 1997, President Clinton attended the 50th Anniversary ceremony commemorating the 1957 desegregation crisis.


Old State House Museum

300 West Markham Street · (501) 324-9685

Bill Clinton announced his bid for the presidency here on October 3, 1991, and delivered his acceptance speeches in 1992 and 1996. The Old State House is a museum of Arkansas history. It is the oldest standing state capitol building west of the Mississippi River. It was erected from 1833-1842 and served as Arkansas’s first state capitol.

Rebsamen Park

Rebsamen Park Golf Course

3400 Rebsamen Park Drive · (501) 666-7965

This public golf course, owned and operated by the city of Little Rock, is a favorite of Bill Clinton’s during his trips to Little Rock. He frequently plays golf here with friends.

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River Market District

400 President Clinton Avenue · (501) 376-4781

Beginning at President Clinton Avenue, this beautiful area is bustling with restaurants, hotels, lofts, condominiums, shops and a large farmers’ market.

Robinson Center

Robinson Center

426 West Markham Street · (501) 376-4781

Built between 1937-1940, Joseph T. Robinson Memorial Auditorium was the site of President-Elect Clinton’s December 1992 Clinton Economic Conference. U.S. Senator Joseph T. Robinson (1872-1937), the only Arkansan other than Bill Clinton to appear on a Presidential ticket, ran for Vice President as a Democrat in 1928. The building is currently undergoing a $70 million renovation and expansion project, slated to re-open the fall of 2016.

Rose Law Firm

Rose Law Firm

120 East 4th Street

Hillary Clinton practiced law with the Rose Law Firm from 1981-1992.


Statehouse Convention Center

101 E. Markham St. · (501) 376-4781

This was the site of Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial inauguration balls and it served as the media center for the national and international press during election nights ‘92 and ‘96, and the Clinton Presidential Center dedication week.

Clinton School of Public Service

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

1200 President Clinton Avenue · (501) 683-5200

Across from the Presidential Library is the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. It is located in the restored 1899 Choctaw Station of the Rock Island Railroad. The Clinton School is the first graduate school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service degree.

William E "Bill" Clark Presidential Park Wetlands

William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands

President Clinton Presidential Park

Restored as a welcome oasis in a bustling downtown, this 13-acre of wetlands along the Arkansas River is adjacent to the Clinton Presidential Library. Named after the late Bill Clark, owner of CDI Construction company and builder of the innovative presidential library, the lush habitat showcases wildlife and river life for educational and enjoyment purposes. Clark was an avid outdoorsman and strong business, civic, charitable and political leader in Arkansas for more than three decades.

Wright Lindsey Jennings

Wright Lindsey & Jennings Law Firm/ Bank of America Building

200 West Capitol Avenue

Bill Clinton practiced law here from 1981-1983.

Clinton School of Public Service

Immanuel Baptist Church

501 N Shackleford Rd


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