Texarkana Travel Guide

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    Scott Joplin Mural
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Texarkana Things to Do

  • Union Station

    Union Station is in the downtown area and sits diagonally across the Arkansas-Texas state line, with entrance and exit doors in either state. It was completed in 1929. The station served the two cities with their train service. The building has been restored and now has a restaurant. It still looks a little rugged on the outside. There is quite a...

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  • Perot Theater

    This wonderful old historic building used to be the Saenger Theatre which first opened in November 1924. The building took 17 months to construct and because its location to the busy railway station, it attracted such performers as Annie Oakley, Maurice Barrymore, Will Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks. It was used for shows, reviews and silent movies....

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  • Opulence and the Segregation

    Around the private boxes and also the stage is $15,000 (1981 value) worth of 23K gold leaf giving a very opulent and grand look. The carpeting is the original design but has been reproduced by a British company and laid over hair padding. The rare wool comes from mountain sheep in the northern Scotland Highlands. On the upper part of the mezzanine...

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  • Box Office

    The Box Office still displays the original black and white marble flooring although if you look closely to the areas just in front of the box office window you will see the indentations of many thousands of feet over many years. The old front doors originally had chicken wire in the glass since there was no shatterproof glass at that time but has...

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  • Four States Fair

    There is always the fair that rolls around every year in september. There's lots of turkey legs, funnel cakes, and cotton candy to eat up. Bring plenty of cash though. Things are getting more and more expensive as the years pass by. There has also been lots of famous singers and comedians and so forth to put on their show at the fair grounds. The...

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  • Driving Tour - Historical

    Go to the downtown Post office to the Photo-op courthouse, where it stands in two states at the same time. There you can get information on a driving tour. Experience some of the history of the area from within your car! Seems like a great Idea, maybe that will catch on in other places as well.

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  • Garrison McLain House

    This beautiful old home was built in 1895. It is a wonderful example of Victorian Queen Anne architecture and has been listed on National Register of Historic Places. Augustus M Garrison was a local prominent attorney. This area of town was known as "Quality Hill". The current owners are only the 3rd outside of the Garrison family. They offer fine...

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  • Scott Joplin - King of Ragtime

    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...

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  • Union Station

    Union Station is in the downtown area and sits diagonally across the Arkansas-Texas state line, with entrance and exit doors in either state. It was completed in 1929. The station served the two cities with their train service. The building has been restored and now has a restaurant. It still looks a little rugged on the outside.There is quite a...

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  • The Box Office

    The Box Office still displays the original black and white marble flooring although if you look closely to the areas just in front of the box office window you will see the indentations of many thousands of feet over many years. The old front doors originally had chicken wire in the glass since there was no shatterproof glass at that time but has...

    more
  • The Opulence and the Segregation

    Around the private boxes and also the stage is $15,000 (1981 value) worth of 23K gold leaf giving a very opulent and grand look. The carpeting is the original design but has been reproduced by a British company and laid over hair padding. The rare wool comes from mountain sheep in the northern Scotland Highlands.On the upper part of the mezzanine...

    more
  • Perot Theater

    This wonderful old historic building used to be the Saenger Theatre which first opened in November 1924. The building took 17 months to construct and because its location to the busy railway station, it attracted such performers as Annie Oakley, Maurice Barrymore, Will Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks. It was used for shows, reviews and silent movies....

    more
  • Museum of Regional History

    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...

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  • Salvation Army Band Bronze Sculptures

    On the corner of E. 4th Street are bronze sculptures depicting a Salvation Army Band. They were commission and donated by Ross Perot. The central figure features his older brother Gabriel Ross Perot Jr who would delight in singing and dancing with the Salvation Army while they played in the streets during the Depression. The older brother also...

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  • Gabriel Ross Perot Jr

    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...

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  • St Edwards

    St. Edwards Parish was founded in 1903. The church is Roman Catholic and is listed as a church with architectural significance.

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  • Beech St First Baptist Church

    The Beech Street First Baptist Church is quite an amazing piece of architectural distinction. Its not something you can miss driving down State Line Avenue. It is one of the largest churches in Arkansas.

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  • House of Wadley

    This home is a well known residence in Texarkana. It was built in 1895 by one of the ten richest men in the United States ? John Keener Wadley. Both he and his wife were known for their charitable causes. They donated much of the founding money for the Wadley Hospital as well as founding the Wadley Cancer Research Centre in Dallas. During their...

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Texarkana Restaurants

  • Gotta get Zapata's when you're here

    Oh my God! This is the place where the truely picky mexican food eaters should chow down. The dishes at Zapata's are truely authentic mexico. I was so sick of going places that claimed to be mexican restaraunts and tasted like terrible Tex-Mex cafe. I was desperately seeking a taste that would remind me of home (ElPaso) and here it finally is! I...

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  • Catfish?

    This is a nice family restuarant, served buffet style. It is just a nice place to take the family and it's inexpensive enough that you can take the WHOLE darn family. We had a group of 14 and we had a jolly good time. This just cracks me up. It's not really about my favorite dish, but just something worth mentioning. Here as everywhere else in the...

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  • Doc's Place

    This restaurant is quite a sight while driving down State Line Avenue, you sure do a double take to see what it was you just glimpsed. This restaurant has been around a long time apparently and certainly is popular. You can dine in or take out and they serve lunch and dinner. They are listed as being Greek cuisine, which doesn't quite fit with the...

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Texarkana Transportation

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    by keeweechic Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    Driving -
    Texarkana is at the junction of Interstate 30 and U.S. highways 59, 67, 71, and 82 in extreme northeastern Texas on the Texas-Arkansas border

    From Houston or San Antonio: Take US59.
    From Dallas : Take I-30 East
    From Shreveport : Take US71 North.
    From Little Rock : Take I-30 South

    By Air -
    Texarkana has a regional airport which is located on the Arkansas side and only a few minutes from downtown Texarkana. The airport is open 24-hours daily has two commercial airlines, many corporate jets, and general aviation aircraft and services.

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Texarkana Local Customs

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    Texarkana's State Line Avenue, the town's main street, was laid out exactly along the dividing line between the two states. While for all intents and pursposes Texarkana is one city, it actually consists of two separate municipalities, with two mayors and two sets of councilmen and city officials.

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Texarkana Warnings and Dangers

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    by keeweechic Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    Getting around Texarkana is very easy but beware, there are many one way streets Most are well sign posted however there is one I definitely know about which wasn't (and I did check first). It was no small street either! Certainly can get the heart beat racing awful fast.

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Texarkana Off The Beaten Path

  • Ramage Farms

    Ramage Farms spreads over 600 acres which heads back from the Red River. They have fields full of pecans and pumpkins. Not only that but they have more than 23 acres of blueberries. This all started off from two brothers buying their mother a blueberry plant. The family and its generations are dedicated to farming and you will not see the...

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  • Pecan Point Signers

    This historical marker sits outside the truck stop at Hooks. It says "Five of the most prominent delegates to the constitutional convention of Texas held March 1836, hailed from Pecan Point in this vicinity. Richard Ellis (an Attorney and Judge) was chosen President of the meeting and later served four terms in the Senate of the Republic.Collin...

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  • Ramage Old Farm Market

    This cool looking building is a great place to stop off and stretch your legs. They have a eating area and sell BBQ Sandwiches and plate lunches as well as fried pies, cheesecake and other homemade dishes.The "market" is stocked with Texas souvenir goodies as well as preserves, syrups, candies, and much more which are made in their kitchens....

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Texarkana Favorites

  • one long border !!

    You can get on "state line ave" in texarkana and walk across the street , you will go from the state of ark to the state of texas , or vice aversa , Its really kinda cool to do that , ( so I,m easy sue me hahah ) Texarkana has been around for a long time and there are some really cool things to see .

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  • Self Guided Driving Tour

    You can take a self guided driving tour of Texarkana. You can get a audio tour which is recorded on CD or cassette. The tour will take you to some of the point of interest such as : State Line Post Office, Scott Joplin?s mural, Discovery Place Childrens Museum, The Ace of Clubs House, Perot Theatre, Garrison McLain House, House of Wadley and the...

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