Texarkana Things to Do
Texarkana, Texas, sits on the border of Texas and Arkansas, hence the name. There is a city on the Arkansas side with the same name. The city was instrumental in the railroad industry in the late 1800s as the companies made their way west across Texas. It is also the home to one of the inventors of ragtime music, Scott Joplin. There are a lot of attractions available to tourists who are traveling through the area.
Garrison McLean House
The Garrison McLean House is a Victorian home that lies on what is called Quality Hill. This is where many of the prominent homes in the area were built. The home has only had a few owners after the originals. Today, it can be rented out for parties and wedding receptions.
Museum Of Regional History
There is a museum detailing the history of the town. It is housed in the oldest brick building in the city. This includes the city’s role in the industrial revolution, World War II, and information about its musical hero, Scott Joplin. There is also pottery on display made by indigenous people of the area, the Caddo people. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday.
The James Bowie Monument
Texarkana is in Bowie County which is named after James Bowie, one of the heroes of the Alamo. He is also the inventor of the Bowie knife, his most famous contribution to society. He was originally from the state of Louisiana, but moved to Texas to join the revolution against Mexico. The statue is located in the heart of town just outside of the chamber of commerce.
The Vietnam Memorial
There is a curved 32-foot memorial in town depicting all the residents of the town that were killed in the Vietnam war. This somber monument has an identical version dedicated to the Korean War.
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