City of Texarkana

City Of Texarkana

  • <p>Texarkana Post Office and Federal Building (Library of Congress)</p> <p>Tall stone building with arched doorways on ground floor and four three-storey columns above</p>
  • <p>U.S. 67 ca. 1940 (TxDOT)</p> <p>Tree-lined two lane road with a truck, two cars and a school bus. Photo taken in 1940</p>
  • <p>U.S. 67, west city limits ca. 1940 (TxDOT)</p> <p>Texaco service station with two gas pumps on curve of a city street with houses in the background. Photo dated 1940</p>
  • <p>Texarkana businesses took advantage of its two-state status in marketing efforts. (Boston Public Library)</p> <p>Colorized postcard of motel, snack bar, and service station. Labeled Two State Motel, U.S. Hwys 67 and 59W, Texarkana, Texas. We Stopped Here</p>
  • <p>Texarkana businesses took advantage of its two-state status in marketing efforts. (Boston Public Library)</p> <p>Colorized postcard of a café exterior and two insets of the café interior. Labeled Two States Coffee Shop, Texarkana, U.S.A., U.S. Hwys 67 and 59, Open 24 Hours</p>
  • <p>Perot (formerly Saenger) Theatre, opened in 1924</p> <p>Colorized picture of the Saenger Theatre, a large brick building with commercial front and covered sidewalk. </p>
  • <p>Red River Army Depot Main Gate</p> <p>Sign saying Red River Arsenal Main Gate</p>
  • <p>Museum of Regional History </p> <p>Three storey brick building with turret on one end and sign saying Museum of Regional History</p>
  • <p>Draughon-Moore Ace of Clubs House (Library of Congress/Carol M. Highsmith Archive)</p> <p>Two storey mansion with round upper rooms and a cupola on top. Sign says Ace of Clubs House Museum</p>


Texarkana was platted by the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1873 and the town’s main street, State Line Avenue, was laid out along the dividing line between Texas and Arkansas. The U.S. Post Office and Federal Building conveniently sits in both states, sporting two zip codes, and comes with its own tourist photo island. The Bankhead Highway was first designated through Texarkana in 1917, replacing the earlier Texarkana, Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso Highway. This designation brought an influx of tourists to the area and many auto-related businesses. Although Texarkana suffered economically during the Great Depression, the 1940s war effort brought prosperity back to the city. The Red River Army Depot was built along the Bankhead to store and supply ordnance for the Army, and was in operation until 2005. While in town, take in some live entertainment at the 1924 historic Perot Theatre, learn about Scott Joplin at the Museum of Regional History, and visit the 22-sided Ace of Clubs House, reportedly built with winnings from a poker game.


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