About Texarkana

Texarkana's History

Texarkana, Arkansas, is in the top 15 largest cities in the state and is located within the Ark-La-Tex subregion of Southwest Arkansas. The city was founded at a railroad intersection on December 8, 1873, and was incorporated in Arkansas on August 10, 1880.

Texarkana is located across the state line from its twin city, Texarkana, Texas, and is conveniently located to major interstate highways: I-30, I-49 and I-369. Such prime roadway access has been an economic driver for the city, resulting in Texarkana being a leader in education, agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing.

Outdoors in Texarkana

Texarkana, Arkansas, has multiple parks and outdoor recreational areas, including Bobby Ferguson Park, which features extensive walking, running and jogging trails as well as fishing areas, including a pier. Nearby, Millwood Lake offers plenty of additional opportunities for fishing, including numerous bass fishing tournaments and fishing derbies held by local and out-of-state organizations.

The Arkansas side of Texarkana is also home to the Petsafe JefFURson Dog Park, which offers plenty of green space, shaded areas and even an agility course for its four-legged visitors. Additionally, Texarkana has three public and semi-private golf courses, in addition to three private courses.

Texarkana's Attractions

In addition to outdoor offerings, Texarkana, Arkansas, has many unique attractions - including the downtown Texarkana Federal Courthouse built in 1933 that sits on the state line of Texarkana and Arkansas. It boasts being the 2nd most photographed Federal Courthouse in the United States, only behind the Federal Courthouse in Washington DC as the first.

Texarkana, Arkansas, is also home to the Four States Auto Museum, that contains a rotating display of vehicles representing multiple decades of auto manufacturing. One of the oldest cars on display is a 1921 Ford Model T. Each year, the museum holds its annual Spring Car Show, where they fire up the grill and serve their famous hamburgers.

Another attraction that continues to bring great fun to the region is the Big Dam Waterpark, located on the Arkansas side. Staying cool is always easy with its 10 water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, kids pool and a full featured outdoor water theater.

The 1894 City Market is home to the 1894 Gallery, which showcases artwork from some of the area’s most talented artists. Second Saturday trade days are held every second Saturday of each month featuring local craftspeople and goods. Building tours are also available on second Saturday trade days.

The Food Scene of Texarkana

The city keeps itself fueled with a thriving food scene. Many restaurants located on the Arkansas side of Texarkana are independently owned and operated, allowing for truly unique dining experiences. With staples like TLC Burger and Fries serving some of the tastiest burgers in the state since the early 1980’s and diners devouring famous pies and desserts from Sue N’ Carol’s Kitchen since the 1970’s - Texarkana, Arkansas, has always been a great place to eat.

That tradition continues with restaurants like Verona, serving fine Italian dining and wine, and Big Jake’s Bar-B-Que with its mouthwatering ribs. With such a long-standing, diverse food scene, Texarkana, Arkansas, has a favorite dish for everyone.

Visit Texarkana

Though Texarkana, Arkansas, has a wide range of attractions and activities, they are all driven by one thing: unsurpassed hospitality. Texarkana, Arkansas, truly is a side of goodness.