Commercially and culturally one city, but two separate municipalities,
one in Texas, and one in Arkansas. The Federal Building is only
one of its kind in America. Photo island on State Line Avenue
in front of the post office is a popular photo spot; tourists
can stand with one foot in Texas and the other in Arkansas.
Nations only bistate Justice Center serves two states at State
Line Avenue and Broad Street. Center houses courts and jail for
two states, two counties, and two cities. Like the Post Office,
the Justice Center is built squarely on the Arkansas-Texas line.
Home of the Texarkana Community College and East Texas State University
A Scott Joplin mural, at 3rd and Main Streets downtown, colorfully
depicts the life and accomplishments of the Pulitzer-Prize winning
musical pioneer from Texarkana. In the first two decades of the
20th Century, Texarkana's Joplin was America's "King of Ragtime."
Joplin's works have been recently rediscovered; best known as
composer of "Maple Leaf Rag," his music was utilized
as theme in movie, "The Sting."
CRYSTAL SPRINGS BEACH
THE DISCOVERY PLACE
DRAUGHN-MOORE "ACE OF CLUBS HOUSE"
REGIONAL ARTS CENTER
TEXARKANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY and MUSEUM
TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER
- CRYSTAL SPRINGS BEACH - A family
oriented theme park centered around a 12 acre spring fed lake.
Facilities include two water slides and paddle/bumper boats. Concession,
video arcade and three acre picnic area. Camping with hookups;
there is a fee for admission. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends
in May; daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Located 18
miles west on U.S. 67. General admission plus use fee for water
- THE DISCOVERY PLACE - Rotating
displays geared for children, but adults enjoy, too! Open daily
at 215 Pine Street.
- DRAUGHN-MOORE "ACE OF CLUBS HOUSE"
- Legend says James Draughn won a huge pot in a poker game by
playing the ace of clubs. The house is built in the shape of that
card. Elegant 1884 Italianate-Victorian house is furnished as
a living museum. Extensive restoration uncovered original wall
coverings which have been reproduced. Mahogany treatment on paneling,
embellished with gold leaf. The house is complete with period
furnishings. Open Wed and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Call 903-793-4831 for additional information. Located at 420 Pine
Street. An admission is charged for entrance.
- PEROT THEATRE - 1600 seat neo-Renaissance
theatre is elegantly restored to its original royal blue and gilt
splendor with gleaming chandeliers and mirrored checkerboard marble
lobby. Features drama, chamber music, ballet and musical theater.
For information, call 903-792-4992. Box office is open Tues thru
Fri from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Located at Third and Main Streets.
- REGIONAL ARTS CENTER - Housed
in former U.S. District Courthouse built in 1909 featuring ornate
plaster, copper cage elevator, and 26 foot ceiling in the grand
hall. Serves as focal point for the visual arts featuring national
touring, juried and invitational exhibitions. Open Tues - Fri
from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Call 903-792-8681. Located at Fourth
Street and Texas Boulevard downtown.
- TEXARKANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY and MUSEUM
- Archaeological, pioneer, early medical, and farm tool displays;
Caddo Indian artifacts; period parlor, kitchen and office. Housed
in first brick structure (1879) in city. Open Tues thru Fri from
10 a.m. thru 4 p.m.; Sat and Sun from noon to 3:00 p.m. Located
at 219 State Line Avenue.
- TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER -
One of the centers provided by the state at key highway entrances
to Texas, in the State Capitol, and at the Judge Roy Bean Visitor
Center in Langtry. Operated daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas
Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's. Staffed by uniformed professional
counselors, free services include information, maps, literature
about every part of the state, and expert assistance in charting
routes. Located on I-30 west of U.S. 59; operated by the State
Department of Transportation.
- UNION STATION - Built in 1929;
served the two cities as major transportation center for train
service. Restored, the buiilding houses a restaurant, and it's
open Mon thru Sat from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 5 -9 p.m. and Sunday
from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call 9903-794-0990. Located at 101
West Front Street.
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