Texarkana, Texas

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Food & Drink

30 Burger
4719 Texas Blvd • 903-908-4075

Amigo Juan
4301 Galleria Oak Dr. • 903-334-6971

Benchmark American Brasserie
4115 N Kings HWY #111 • 903-949-6720

Big Jakes BBQ
5710 Richmond Rd. • 903-792-6227

Billy Sims BBQ
3747 Mall Drive • 903-792-1978

Brick House Burgers
127 Central Mall • 903-832-7858

Bryce’s Cafeteria
2021 Mall Dr. • 903-792-1611

Esperanza’s Mexican Kitchen
2605 New Boston Rd. • 903-255-7861

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
4849 Texas Blvd • 903-791-8226

Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria
2820 Richmond Rd. • 903-792-8646

Hopkins Icehouse
4030 Gibson Ln. • 903-280-7553

Ironwood Grill
4312 Morris Lane • 903-223-4644

Joe’s Pizza & Pasta
2700 Suite 17 Richmond Rd. • 903-306-2004

Julie’s Deli & Market
4055 Summerhill Square • 903-792-3354

Longhorn Steakhouse
3912 St. Michael Dr. • 903-831-2309

Mooyah Burgers
2700 Richmond Rd Ste. 3 • 903-306-0139

Naaman’s BBQ
5309 Stateline Ave. • 903-826-2827

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
3910 N Stateline Ave. • 870-779-9000

Papa Poblano’s Mexican Grill
4115 N Kings HWY Ste. 111 • 903-831-5999

Pecan Point Gastropub & Brewery
213 Main St. • 903-306-0661

Reggie’s Burgers, Dogs & Fries
4284 St. Michael Dr. • 903-832-0845

Scottie’s Grill
8400 W. 7th St. • 903-838-4745

Silver Star Smokehouse
5205 West Park Dr. • 903-306-0778

Subies Deli & Grill
4833 Texas Blvd. • 903-793-5077

Tacos 4 Life
3005 Mall Dr. • 903-794-8226

Tamolly’s Mexican Kitchen
3310 St. Michael Dr. • 903-223-1010

Taste & See Chocolates & Gelato
2838 Richmond Rd. Ste. B • 903-792-1468

Twisted Fork
5522 Summerhill Rd. • 430-200-2775

Shop

Central Mall
2400 Richmond Rd. • 903-838-1236
www.centralmalltexarkana.com

Places / Events / Things To Do

Discovery Place
215 Pine St. • 903-793-4831

Museum of Regional History
219 N State Line Ave. • 903-793-4831

Ace of Clubs House
420 Pine St. • 903-793-4831

P.J. Ahern Home
403 Laurel St. • 903-793-4831

Lindsay Railroad Museum
202 East Broad St. • Website

Merchandise

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T-Shirt | $16.95
Raglan | $24.95
Hoodie | $34.95
Mug | $17.95
Sweatshirt | $27.95
Long Sleeve T | $24.95

Texarkana Fast Facts

• Founded: 1874
• County: Bowie
• Population: 37,679 (est)
• Know As: A city with a U.S. post office that sits between two states
• Record High Temp: 117
• Record Low Temp: – 6
• Famous People:
Ross Perot (Businessman)
Parnelli Jones (Race Car Driver)
Scot Joplin (Muscian)
Frank White (Governor)
Miller Barber (Golfer)
Eddie Matthews (Baseball)

Map of Texarkana

History of Texarkana

Texarkana is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States, located in the Ark-La-Tex region. Located approximately 180 miles from Dallas, Texarkana is a twin city with neighboring Texarkana, Arkansas. The city and its Arkansas counterpart form the core of the Texarkana Metropolitan Statistical Area, encompassing all of Bowie County, Texas, and Miller County, Arkansas. The two cities had a combined population of 67,592 at the 2017 census, and the metropolitan area had a total population of 150,098.

Railroads were quick to see the possibilities of this vast area. In the late 1850s, the builders of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad were pushing their line steadily across Arkansas. By 1874, they had crossed the Red River and had reached the Texas state line. Between February 16 and March 19, 1874, trains ran between the Texas border and the Red River, whence passengers and freight were ferried to Fulton to continue by rail. The Red River Bridge opened on March 20, 1874, and since then, trains have run directly from Texarkana to St. Louis.

Keen rivalry existed between the 1870s railroad builders. The Texas and Pacific Railroad reached across Texas to the Arkansas state line. The border was the logical place for the different railways to connect. On December 8, 1873, the Texas and Pacific sold the first town lots for the future city. The first to buy was J. W. Davis, who purchased the land where today’s Hotel McCartney now stands, opposite Union Station.

Who gave Texarkana its name is not known. A popular story credits Colonel Gus Knobel, who surveyed the Iron Mountain Railroad right-of-way from Little Rock to this section to the state line. He allegedly painted “TEX-ARK-ANA” on a plank and nailed it to a tree, saying, “This is the name of a town which is to be built here.”

Miller County, on the Arkansas side of the metropolitan area, was abolished during the border dispute between the Republic of Texas and the United States only to be re-established later. Miller County was formed in 1820 to honor James Miller, Arkansas’ first governor. Miller County was formed with a large degree of uncertainty as to the location of the line dividing the county and the Mexican boundary. Consequently, settlers felt that Arkansas levied and collected taxes on land that eventually might be held by Mexico. Moreover, many who resented the oppression of Texans by the Mexicans were openly declaring allegiance to the Texans. This led to general unrest, and after the Texas Republic was created, it grew worse. So, in 1838, Governor James Conway proposed that the “easiest and most effective remedy is the abolition of Miller County to an area which is more patriotic.” From that year until 1874, it was a part of Lafayette County, Arkansas. Its re-establishment sprung only from the sale of town lots in Texarkana in 1873. Efforts of the young town to be incorporated were not realized until October 17, 1880, nearly seven years after Texarkana, Texas (June 12, 1874), was formed. December 8, 1873, is generally recognized by both cities as the date of organization.

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