Commercially and culturally one city, but two separate
municipalities, one in Texas, one in Arkansas. Federal building is the only one of
its kind in America. Photo Island on State Line Ave. in front of Post Office is
popular photo spot; tourists can stand with one foot in Texas and one in Arkansas.
Nation's only bistate justice center serves two states on State Line
Ave. and Broad Street. Center houses courts and jails for two states, two counties and two
cities. Like the Post Office, Justice Center built squarely on the Arkansas- Texas
Home of Texarkana Community College and East Texas State University
A Scott Joplin mural, at Third and Main Sts. downtown, colorfully
depicts the life and accomplishments of the Pulitzer prize winning musical pioneer from
Texarkana. In the first two decades of the twentieth 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 the movie "The Sting."
Crystal Springs Beach-
Family oriented theme park centered around 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; fee. Open 10
a.m.- 7 p.m. on weekends in May; daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. 18
miles West on U.S. 67. General admission plus use fee for water slides.
The Discovery Place-
Rotating displays geared for children, but adults enjoy, too!
Open Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 215 Pine St.
Moore "Ace of Clubs House"-
Legend says James Draughn won a huge pot in a poker game by playing
the ace of clubs. House is built in the shape of that card. Elegant 1884
Italianate-Victorian house is furnished as a living museum. Extensive restoration
uncovered the original wall coverings which have been reproduced. Mahogany treatment
on paneling, embellished with gold leaf. Period furnishings. Open Tues.- Sat
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. At 420 Pine St. Admission. 903/793-4831.
Good old family entertainment every Sat. night specializing in new
and old country/ Western music. Doors open at 6:30, show starts 7:30 p.m. For
tickets and information call 903/838-3333. In Oaklawn Village at intersection of
Robison Rd. and New Boston Rd.
1600 seat neo- Renaissance theatre 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 open Tues.- Fri., 1 - 5 p.m. Third and
Regional Arts Center-
Housed in former U.S. District Courthouse built in 1909 featuring
ornate plaster, copper cage elevator, and 26 ft. ceiling in grand hall. Serves as
focal point for the visual arts featuring national touring, juried and invitational
exhibitions. Open Tues. - Sat., noon - 4 p.m. At Fourth St. and Texas Blvd.
downtown. 903/792- 8681.
Texarkana Fun Park-
Go- carts and miniature golf share grounds with life- size replicas
of wild animals. Open Mon. - Thurs., 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. -
11:30 p.m.; Sun. 1 - 10:30 p.m. Located 3 miles north of I-30 on North Sate Line Rd.
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. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 219 State
Texas Travel Information Center-
One of 12 centers provided by the state at key highway entrances to
Texas, in the State Capitol complex, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. and at the Judge Roy
Bean Visitor Center in Langtry. Operated daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., except for Easter
Sunday, 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. On I - 30
west of U.S. 59; operated by Texas Department of Transportation.
Built in 1929; served the two cities as a major transportation
center for train service. The restored building houses a restaurant. Open Mon.
- Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tours by Appointment. 903/794- 0140. At 101 W.