A living museum, the 22-sided house was built with the winnings from a poker game. Legend has it that James H. Draughon’s winning card was the ace of clubs. Architecturally unique, the Italianate Victorian home is most notable for its three octagonal wings and one rectangular wing that join to form the distinct shape of a “club”.
A relaxing green space with revolving events and art displays for those visiting downtown. 4th Street between Texas Blvd. and Main Street.
This facility showcases regional artwork each year during the Four States Fair at the Four States Fair Grounds and is also the home of the Twin Cities Annual Mayor’s Art Competition in early spring.
Tour the only such facility in the world, the Bi-State Justice Center is home for over 20 city, county and state judicial and law enforcement agencies for the states of Arkansas and Texas. Because this building is located in two states, special legislation by both Arkansas and Texas created unique legal jurisdictions, applicable only inside the building.
See Texarkana in a brand new light with the Texarkana Driving Tour, a short, self-guided audio, tour that showcases the character of the Texarkana community. Start at the Chamber of Commerce on State Line Avenue with your map and your audio guide. Slip back in time as you learn fun facts, bits of history and begin to see the city as architects, historians and artists do, as you tour in and around downtown Texarkana.
The area’s best hands-on children’s museum has a one-of-a-kind 12 ft. sound wall, giant prehistoric animal murals and a living science lab. A special dress-up theatre and tot spot for the younger visitors make this a wonderful attraction for the entire family.
Texarkana offers family fun and attractions for those 1 through 100! Some local family favorites include Cinemark Texarkana 14, Jump’n Apes, Holiday Bowl and College Bowl as well as Chuck E. Cheese & Starlite Golf and Arcade located in Central Mall.
This is your only chance to visit the home of Miss Moo. You can find her smiling face welcoming visitors to the Agricultural Learning Center located in the Four States Fair Grounds Complex. It’s a unique place that loves all things dairy and explains the importance of dairy and agriculture to young people in fun and engaging ways.
Celebrating cars and technology of the past. Literature, tools, books, toy models, Fillin’ Station memorabilia and oil company signs. Visiting hours on weekends or call for scheduled tours.
Historical Homes and Churches
Texarkana is home to a wide array of historically significant architecture and landmarks. From Victorian homes to sweeping sanctuaries, Texarkana offers a cross section of architectural genres. Don’t forget to see these treasures from the inside. Many of these historic homes offer tours, house exhibits or provide bed and breakfast lodging.
Some of the notable churches in the Texarkana area with architectural significance include St. James Episcopal Church; St. Edward Catholic Church; Beech Street First Baptist Church; First Baptist Church; First Presbyterian Church, AR; First Methodist Church, AR; Central Christian Church and Canaan Baptist Church.
This community built multi-purpose playground was designed by kids for kids! This fantastic wooden playground features some of Texarkana’s most famous landmarks, just twice the fun of the real things!
The largest magnolia tree in Arkansas is estimated to be 185 years old. The tree, located on 4700 County Avenue, is 16 ft. 7 in. in diameter, 61 ft. tall and has an 82-foot wing span. Certified Arkansas’ largest Magnolia by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
Honor the heroes of our heritage and see these monumental messages of gratitude and loss. From the austere grandeur of the Confederate monument to the silent walls of the Korean/Vietnam memorial, one can appreciate the poignant beauty of each tribute. Some of these monumental attractions include the World War I Memorial, KoreaMetnam Memorial, Confederate Monument, commemorating soldiers of the Confederacy and their mothers, the James Bowie Monument, the Police Officers’ Memorial, Miller County World War I Memorial, the Salvation Army Band Bronze Sculpture and the World War II Memorial.
Housed in the city’s oldest brick building, all new galleries with exhibits tell of the region’s history including agriculture, early industry, civil rights and World War II. See extraordinary Caddo Indian pottery and learn about the early Spanish and French explorers. Visit MORH, the museum that tells the fascinating story of the city in two states.
219 N. State Line Avenue.
The Pathway through Texarkana is being created for bicyclists, walkers, runners, the mobility impaired, family outings, and visitors to Texarkana. The Partnership’s goal is a hard-surface loop connecting Spring Lake Park, Bringle Lake Park, Grady Wallace Park, Kidtopia, Downtown Texarkana, Nix Creek Walking Trail, and back to Spring Lake Park.
A jewel of the region, bringing the best of Broadway, classical music, ballet, jazz, modern dance and more to Texarkana. First opened in 1924 as the Saenger Theatre, Emil Weil’s Italian Renaissance design is an architectural marvel. Through the generosity of native son H. Ross Perot, his sister Bette Perot, and area residents, the beautiful old theatre was saved and restored into one of the nation’s major performing arts centers. Throughout the year, the Perot Theatre Series brings national and international productions to the region and tours are available year-round.
This historic, well preserved cemetery on McClure Road on the Arkansas side, hosts the graves of many of the area’s early settlers. The cemetery features a memorial honoring the eighty-five Confederate soldiers buried there.
One of the oldest and historical cemeteries in Texarkana. Founded as “city cemetery” in 1874 on 100 South Lelia Street. About 70 Confederate soldiers and 3 known Union soldiers are interred here along with many prominent local citizens.
Experience the life and genius of native son, Scott Joplin, while visiting the interactive musical exhibit dedicated to the Joplin located at the MORH. You can also walk in Joplin’s footsteps at the historic Orr Schoolhouse. Visitors must take the opportunity to view the Scott Joplin mural. A colorful display of the life and accomplishments of the Pulitzer Prize winning composer and area native is located at 3rd and Main Streets. Commissioned by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, the Debra Moseley mural depicts scenes from Joplin’s life. The “King of Ragtime Composers” born 1868 in Linden, Texas, was raised in Texarkana.
The beautifully renovated Regional Arts began life in 1909 as a United States District Courthouse. The old courtroom is now a grand hall with a 26-foot-high ceiling. National touring art exhibitions grace gallery walls 12 months a year, and tne halls ring out when the rolls are playing on the unique reproducing player piano. The Center also features “For Arts Sake” Gift Shop filled with unique gifts. Not to be missed.
The Texarkana Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit professional performing arts organization located in Texarkana, Arkansas/Texas. Its concerts are performed primarily in the beautiful, historic Perot Theatre in downtown Texarkana. The symphony brings classical concerts and music education to our hometown – it will be music to your ears.
Union Station sits diagonally on the Arkansas-Texas state line at 101 Front Street. During the day of rail travel, more than 20 passenger trains stopped here each day. The building is the current home to Amtrak. Drive by and see this historic treasure today.