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Originally called Alta Villa (the "high place"), Little Italy was settled in 1915 by a group of northern Italian immigrants who came to Arkansas looking for an opportunity to achieve the American dream. Though smaller than other Italian colonies in the state, like Tontitown or Lake Village, Little Italy's centralized location and skilled winemakers created the perfect atmosphere for a Prohibition-era oasis where central Arkansans could purchase clean, safe alcohol at a time when thousands throughout the nation had died because of poisonous, alcoholic brews. Recognizing the value of this operation, regional politicians allowed the residents of Little Italy to continue producing wine and cognac, thus establishing the community as a regional curiosity and a popular weekend travel destination.
  • ISBN13: 9781467114424
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
  • Pubilcation Year: 2015
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00128
SeriesImages of America (Arcadia Publishing)
Publication DateAugust 17, 2015
Primary CategoryHistory/United States - State & Local - South

Little Italy

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