The Arkansas Traveler – Just a Name
Throughout its history, the Arkansas Traveler name has often been used without connection to its roots. It became a common term early on, as a racehorse in 1849 and a newspaper in Camden, Arkansas, in 1850. The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, newspaper still has Traveler on the masthead. Any number of people from Arkansas have carried that nickname at one time or another.
Several transportation-related products have worn the Traveler label: Arkansas Traveler bicycles made by the Standard Cycle Company of Fort Smith, Traveler children’s wagons were produced in Arkansas, and Arkansas Traveler Boats manufactured in Little Rock. The Arkansaw Traveler is the name of a model of canoe, and the Arkansas Traveler Airline provided commuter service to Memphis in previous decades.
The world of sports is represented with Arkansas Travelers, especially the Little Rock-based Double A franchise, and Hazel Walker's women’s basketball team. Dutch Harrison, Hall of Fame golfer, was known as the Arkansas Traveler.
In the presidential campaigns of 1992 and 1996 Bill Clinton enlisted the aid of a number of friends from Arkansas who called themselves Arkansas Travelers and successfully solicited votes for him around the country.