We tend to think we shaped the land, but the land shaped us, and that cultural connection is so important. Opportunity and resources brought people to Northwest Arkansas. What they found in Arkansas was a truly pristine environment – a Natural State. This interaction between the people and the land shaped a culture suited to this special region. The history of Northwest Arkansas is not just a history of politics and people; it’s a history of the land. This unique land has dramatically impacted the lives of those people who live here. Learn more about the abundant natural resources of Northwest Arkansas from the lakes and rivers to the wealth of minerals below the surface.