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Bentonville,city (2000 pop. 19,730), seat of Benton co., extreme NW Ark., in the Ozark Mts.; settled 1837 and named for Senator Thomas Hart BentonBenton, Thomas Hart,
1782–1858, U.S. Senator (1821–51), b. Hillsboro, N.C.
Benton moved to Tennessee in 1809, was admitted to the bar in 1811, and served (1809–11) in the state senate. In 1815, he went to St.
..... Click the link for more information. . Local industries produce fabricated metal products, plastic molding, electronic equipment, textiles, cutting tools, modular homes, and foods, but the city is best known as the site of the headquarters of Wal-Mart, Inc., the retailing giant. The Wal-Mart visitors center is located in Sam WaltonWalton, Sam
(Samuel Moore Walton), 1918–92, American retailing executive, b. Kingfisher, Okla. After 17 years of operating franchise retail stores, he opened the first Wal-Mart Discount City in Rogers, Ark., in 1962.
..... Click the link for more information. 's original local variety store. Crystal Bridges (2011), a museum of American art built by Walton's daughter, Alice, and designed by Moshe SafdieSafdie, Moshe
, 1938–, Israeli-Canadian architect, b. Haifa. He grew up in Israel, moved to Canada with his family at 15, studied architecture at McGill Univ. and with Louis Kahn, and later opened an office in Montreal.
..... Click the link for more information. , is located in Bentonville. Peel Mansion (1875) and its gardens are on the city's outskirts.