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    State Line Post Office - Federal Bldg

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    The State Line Post Office is the only post office in the USA which has two post codes and is the most photographed Courthouse in the US second only to the Supreme Court in Washington DC.

    The unique thing about this Post Office is that the State Line between Texas and Arkansas goes straight down the middle of it. It was built in 1932-32 of pink granite from Texas and limestone from Arkansas. Originally there were separate Post Offices for both States in Texarkana.

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    Popular Photo Opportunity

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    This is something that everyone does when they come to Texarkana. This spot is just outside the Post Office and is known as a photo island.

    The sign splits the post office as well as State Line Avenue. You can stand here with feet either side and say you were standing in two states at one time.

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    The Ace of Clubs House

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    This house is very unique in that is it a 22 sided house. It was built in 1885 with the winnings of a poker game. local lumberman and Confederate Veteran Captain James H Draughon was the lucky guy and his winning card was the Ace of Clubs.. hence the name. The house is now a Museum with each room representing a certain period in the history of the house and the life styles of the families who once lived there.

    Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. There is a small admission charge with children under 5 free. Guided tours are available.

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    Unusual Shaped Rooms

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    The style is Italianate-Victorian and features a floor plan which was inspired by Captain Draughon's lucky card. The unusual style of the house features 3 octagonal and one long rectangular rooms which are arranged around a central octagon. A bathroom wing and kitchen wing was added In the late 1890's by the next family to live there.

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    Museum of Regional History

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    The museum is located in the oldest brick building in Texarkana and features exhibits which inform of the regions history, its agriculture, early industry, civil rights and World War II. There is also an exhibit on Scott Joplin "Father of Ragtime Music", Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter and Conlon Nancarrow.

    You can also view pottery made by the area Caddo people along with artifacts and tools and learn about the early Spanish and French explorers.

    Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm. A small admission is charged with children under 5 free.

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    The Main Theater

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    All the seating on the ground floor has been replaced although on the mezannine level, the original seats remain with new covers. The metal standards at the end of each aisle still have the ‘S’ displayed on them from the Saenger days.

    The stage settings for backdrops are all original and manually operated by ropes and weights. There are no electronics to raise and lower the various sets. Most of the light fixtures on the ceiling and sconces on the side walls are original. The ceiling which is really quite beautiful and has been restored. During the heat of a scorching Texas summer with no air-conditioning, painters laid on their backs, 56ft up on scaffolding, to repair and restore the artwork to his original looking condition.

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    The Upper Level Lounge

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    The upper level lounge has new furnishings and the large chandelier is a reproduction. The two either side of it however are from the Baker Hotel.

    On one wall of the lounge is a portrait of Ross Perot’s mother, Lulu May Ray Perot. The Perot household was a strictly disciplined one but Ross idolised his parents. It has been said that his mothers stare could silence children.

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    Gabriel Ross Perot Jr

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    Also in the lounge is a bronze statue of Gabriel Ross Perot as a boy. His younger brother Ross, had this commissioned along with other bronze works that are displayed on the Arksansas side of Texarkana.

    I had a wonderful tour of the theatre and am very grateful to Denise Canon. She was extremely helpful and her enthusiasm really rubbed off. She has a great love of the theatre and is only to happen to turn all the lights on for you and give you a run down on the history as well as its current position in the community. I was quite amazed by the number of high profile shows that were coming up in their agenda.

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    Regional Arts Centre

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    This old classic revival styled building was built as a United States Federal Courthouse. It was built in 1911 (although this date varies). Twenty years later when the US District Court moved from Texarkana to Sherman TX, the building was donated to Bowie County. The building was then donated to The Regional Arts centre in 1985.

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    Reminants of the Past

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    There is a wonderful ornate open-cage copper elevator which can take you to the 2nd and 3rd floors of this build or you can take the stairs made of the original marble. There is a the "For Arts Sake" gift shop on the first level (ground floor).

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    Top Security for Art Works

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    The Regional Arts centre displays art exhibitions 12 months a year with the only high security galleries between Dallas and Little Rock. There is also a unique reproducing player piano in the centre. Going on all year round is also workshops, film series and tours, classes and lectures.

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    The Vietnam Memorial

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    Both the Korean and Vietnam memorials are identical - a 32-foot curved wall of bricks, concrete, and granite (black and grey) panels. On the two panels are engraved almost 400 names of the local heroes. The memorials sit on the State Line of Texas and Arkansas.

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    Confederate Memorial

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    Erected to commenorate soldiers of the Confederacy and their mothers. The figures were carved in Italy with a special government permission which was necessary to import them during World War I. The inscription says :

    "To Our Loyal Confederates"

    "Oh, great Confederate Mothers, we would paint your names on monuments, that men may read them as the years go by and pay tribute to you, who bore and nurtured hero sons and gave them solace on that darkest day, when they came home, with broken swords and guns."

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    James Bowie Monument

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    James Bowie was a hero of the Alamo and for whom Bowie County was named. He is also known more for inventing the Bowie Knife. Although he was born in Kentucky, he spent most of his life in Louisiana before moving to Texas to join the revolution. There are many stories of his spirit and courage which has made him one of the most colourful heroes of Texas history.

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    Scott Joplin - King of Ragtime

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    Scott Joplin was a master composer of classic ragtime music and was influential in the formation of 20th century music. His birth date and place is uncertain but it is believed around July 1870 and mostly he either was born in Texarkana or came here at a very early age. While he clearly had talent on the piano, his parents insisted he study classical music but by the age of 11 was able to play 3 musical instruments, and compose music. He travelled the country performing mainly to patrons of saloons, brothels and skid row restaurants however his reputation soon spread to the middle class white community. During this time he settled in Sedalia, Mo., where he was able to complete a in music at the George R. Smith College for Negroes. In 1907 in an attempt to gain more recognition he moved to New York but unfortunately his hopes were dashed. He died at 49 weak and broken and was buried in a pauper's grave that remained nameless until 1974.

    Ragtime revived itself and peaked in the 1970s with new recordings of Joplin's music which were produced for the first time on classical labels, set classical sales records. This growing awareness inspired a film director to use Joplins music (The Entertainer) in his movie "The Sting" which of course really brought public attention. The result of the interest in ragtime music was unprecedented in music history. In 1976 he was posthumously awarded "A Politzer Prize Special Award" for his contributions to American Music.

    This colourful outdoor mural is displayed to depict Scott Joplins life and accomplishments.

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