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' y y Naturally Made G A I t's impossible to spend much time in Ben- tonville without encountering the infl uence of Wal-Mart, which was founded in the then- small town by local Sam Walton. Groups that spend time in the city should get to know Wal- ton's story — and thus, the story of Benton- ville — with a visit to the Walmart Museum. "The Walmart Museum is located in the very fi rst store that Sam Walton opened on his own," said John Lamparski of the Bentonville CVB. "It starts with a small fi ve-and-dime store out front. Then you enter the museum itself, which talks about the Walton family and their business. You exit into a 1950s ice cream shop, and groups get a nice scoop of Arkansas ice cream at the end of the tour." In addition to the nostalgia of the fi ve-and-dime and the ice cream shop, many museum visitors especially en- joy seeing some of Walton's personal effects, including the classic red pickup truck and the offi ce where he did his daily business. Virtually every detail of the offi ce remains as it was when Walton worked there, including the wood- paneled walls, the manila fi le folders and the photos from bird-hunting excursions. fi ve-and-dime F R O M TO SUPERCENTER ' u u y u y ' ' ' y H G y u y 1 y ? ? ? ? ? ? N N N N N N N N N N N N N N a a a a a a t t t t u u u r r r r r a a a a a a l l l l l l y y y y y M M M M M M M M M M M a a a a a a d d d d d d d d e e e e e Courtesy Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The Walmart Museum

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