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Famous Landmarks in Texarkana – Our Top Ten

Photographer's Island Texarkana
Photographer's Island

1.)  Photographer’s Island: Get your picture taken in Texas and Arkansas at the same time with the Federal Court House as your backdrop. Is a truly unique opportunity! 

ace of clubs
Ace of Club House

2.)  Draughon-Moore Ace of Club House : This 1885 Italianate Victorian home was built in the shape of  an Ace of Clubs.  This House is considered one of the most unique in the country.  According to local legend, the Ace of Clubs House was built with winnings from a poker game won with the draw of the ace of clubs. Fittingly, lumberman and Confederate veteran Captain James Draughon built the home in 1885 in the shape of a club. In 1894, Henry Moore, a Texarkana attorney, bought the house.

 It has been featured in several publications and broadcasts such as: HGTV’s “Christmas Castles” and Bill Vill’s  “Guide to Historic Homes” .  More Information visit The Texarkana Museums System Online

Texarkana Post Office
U.S. Post Office & Federal Court House

3.)  U.S. Post Office & Federal Court House: The ONLY federal building in the country sited in two states and the only federal courthouse located in two circuits. Built in 1932 the structure features a base of pink granite from Texas and walls of limestone from Arkansas. More Information

Perot Theatre
Perot Theatre

5.) Perot Theatre:  The theatre is a jewel in the region, bringing the best of Broadway, classical music, ballet, jazz, and more to the Ark-La-Tex.  First opened in 1924 as the Seanger Theatre, Emil  Weilae’s Italian Renaissance design is an architectural marvel.   The beautiful theatre was restored in 1979-80, into one of the nation’s major performing arts centers, by Ross Perot and his sister Bette Perot.  More Information

4.) Hotel McCartney: Dominate the Texarkana skyline with it’s ten-story structure.  The hotel was named after one of Texarkana’s most prominent citizens – W.A. McCartney, Sr.  This hotel was in a famous movie made about Texarkana in the mid 70’s, “The Town that Dreaded Sundown”.  Mario Garcia from Kicker 102.5 was also in this movie.   More Information

Can you find Mario in this movie clip?


 (Hint boy running across street)

Texarkana Union Station
Texarkana Union Station

5.) Texarkana Union Station:  The Cairo and Fulton Railroad built a line running from St. Louis to Texarkana in 1874.  The two railroad lines meet at the station on the state line of Texas and Arkansas.  The station was built in 1888 by the Missouri Pacific and Texas & Pacific.  The Cotton Belt, MoPac, Texas & Pacific and Kansas City Southern created the “Texarkana Union Station Trust”. In the  30’s a 44, 000 square-foot Union Station was built to accommodate the growing number of passengers.  EM Tucker, the architect, designed a renaissance building with five bays, centered on the Arkansas-Texas state line.  More Information

Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park

6.) Spring Lake Park:  If you grew up in Texarkana I am sure you have fond memories of this historical landmark.  I remember in the late 70’s  going to Spring Lake Park and spending all day feeding the ducks, playing on the swings,  and visiting all the animals at the zoo. At one time Spring Lake Park hosted the Four States Fair.  Now it is a popular  features an array of activities including; covered pavilions for family gatherings, tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, walking paths, an outdoor swimming pool, disc golf course, a baseball complex, and a soccer field.   Spring Lake Park was also in the movie “The Town that Dreaded Sundown” based on the events of the “The Phantom Killer” that stalked Texarkana in the 50’s and 60’s.  More Information

 

7)  Miller County Courthouse: The first Miller County Courthouse was built around 1888 in Texarkana .  During a meeting on September 19, 1938 , it was decided the old courthouse was no longer serviceable, and the jail had been condemned as unfit by the Western District of Arkansas Courts.  The federal government helped fund the project through the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works.  E. C. Seibert, a Texarkana architect from the firm of Witt, Seibert and Halsey was chosen as the project architect and Manhattan Construction was hired built the courthouse.  According to the plaque that is displayed on the first floor wall the Miller County Courthouse was dedicated in 1939. More Information                                                   

buhrman pharr
Buhrman Pharr

8)  Buhrman-Pharr Hardware Company:  The owners and personnel of Buhrman-Pharr Hardware Company played important roles in the growth and development of the city of Texarkana.  They supported every civic, agricultural and cultural movement in the city.  Mr. Pharr was noted as an outstanding civic worker.  One former president and general manager of the company, T.A. Clark, Jr., was the son of T.A. Clark, Sr., who worked with Chatfield and Buhrman, predecessors of Buhrman-Pharr.  T.A. Clark, Jr., served as member of the Rotary Club, on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, on the board of directors of Texarkana Industrial Foundation and on the plans and specifications committee for the Texarkana Memorial Hospital.  This is a small example of his civic contributions.  T.A. Clark, Jr., was married to Mr. Pharr’s daughter. 

The Buhrman-Pharr Hardware Company remained an important business in Texarkana until the early twenty first century.  In 2001 the Board of Directors decided to discontinue the wholesale side of the company and its operations, since most of the wholesale business clients were out of state.  However, the retail portion of the business remained strong, and it remained open until August 2003.  Although the buildings are currently vacant, plans are in the works to rehabilitate the buildings for housing and offices. More Information

Texarkana Automoblie Museum
Texarkana Automoblie Museum

9)  Texarkana Automobile Museum:  The Museum contains a rotating (every three months cars are changed out) display of some 22 vehicles representing 4 to 5 decades of auto manufacturing along with varied automobile related items for your viewing pleasure. The Museum does not charge admission, but it does accept donations. A library with automobile related books, periodicals, and newsletters is also on the premises.  In 2007, the Museum was the stop for the 30th Anniversary of Smokey and the Bandit  Run from Texarkana to Atlanta Georgia.  More Information

Texarkana Municipal Building
Texarkana Municipal Building

10.) Texarkana Municipal Building: Built in 1927-1930, there was no theater, concert stage, or audience space for 1,000 people in the city. While Texarkana has always been a twin city in both Texas and Arkansas, the MunicipalBuilding served the entire community population in the twin cities for performing arts and a gathering place for civic functions. With its city hall, jail and fire station functions, it was uniquely designed to be multipurpose for the Arkansas-side residents. Because of the strategic location of Texarkana to those cities and the audiences available due to the railroads and surrounding communities, Texarkana was a popular stop-over for young performers, such as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff, Jimmie Ed Maxim Brown, George Jones, Floyd Cramer, Johnny Horton and Roy Orbison. A story during that time relates a time in the 1950s when Elvis was to perform but was delayed by a car fire on his trip here. A local talent, “Cheesy” Nelson took the stage that night and was later praised by Elvis, saying “you can go far in this business.” Dr. Nelson remained in Texarkana and became the Texarkana College president for 30 years. More Information

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