Things to See and Do
500 State Line Avenue, (903) 794-8561
One of the most unique features of Texarkana is the ONLY U.S. Post Office sitting in two states. This Post Office straddles Texas and Arkansas and has separate zip codes, 71854 for Texarkana, Arkansas and 75501 for Texarkana, Texas. Built in 1932-33 the structure features a base of pink granite from Texas and walls of limestone from Arkansas. Remarkably, Texarkana boasts this to be the most photographed courthouse in the United States, second only to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
UNIQUE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AT PHOTOGRAPHER’S ISLAND!
Experience a truly unique photo opportunity while straddling the Texas / Arkansas State Line at Photographer’s Island, located in front of the Post Office. When you’re ready for a photo so large it takes two states, come strike a pose on photographer’s island!
311 Main Street
Check out the Scott Joplin Mural! This unique landmark is a colorful, outdoor mural that depicts the life and accomplishments of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and area native, Scott Joplin. The mural also features accurate musical notes of the final measures of Joplin’s famous song, The Entertainer. This catchy tune stirred a revival of interest in ragtime music. The mural is located on the south wall of the building at 311 Main St. near the Perot Theatre.
Marvel at the Perot Theatre located in downtown Texarkana. The theatre is a jewel in 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.
The photo of the Orchestra and Balcony Boxes shows the intricacy of the plaster and design features that adorn this beautiful theatre. The theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places.
To schedule a tour, call the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC), (903) 792-8681.
REGIONAL ARTS CENTER
4th & Texas Boulevard, (903) 792-8681
The beautifully renovated Regional Arts Center originated 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 twelve months a year, and the halls ring out when the rolls are playing on the unique reproducing player piano. The building is an example of Classical Revival architecture featuring ornate plaster, a copper cage elevator, and a grand hall with a 26 foot ceiling. Today the Center serves as the focal point for the visual arts and houses the only art museum in the region featuring national touring, juried and invitational exhibitions. The year-round programming also includes classes, lectures, workshops, film series and tours. Also inside the Center is the â€œFor Arts Sake Gift Shop filled with unique gifts. Not to be missed! For further information, contact TRAHC, the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Inc. P.O. Box 1171, Texarkana, TX 75504.
420 Pine Street, (903) 793-4831
Don’t miss the Ace of Clubs House, uniquely designed and built in 1885. Legend has it that entrepreneur James H. Draughon built the 22 sided house with the winnings from a poker game and that the winning card was the Ace of Clubs. Each room represents a specific period in the history of the house and reveals interesting insights into the life-style of the families who lived there.
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission: Adults-$5, Students-$3.50, Senior Citizens-$4.50, children under 5 years-Free. Group tour rates and guided tours are available.
219 State Line Avenue, (903) 793-4831
Located in the oldest brick building in Texarkana, the Historical Museum offers a wide range of exhibits. Visitors will enjoy the Victorian Parlor, an interactive musical exhibit dedicated to Scott Joplin, the Father of Ragtime Music; and replicas of a Doctor’s Office, an 1890′s Farmstead model; and other displays depicting the early history of Texarkana. There is also an exhibit that focuses on the Caddo Indians that lived in the area and includes Caddo pottery, tools, and other artifacts. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm. Admission: Adults-$2, Students-$1, Senior Citizens- $1.50, Children under 5 years-Free.
215 Pine Street, (903) 793-4831
The young and the young at heart will enjoy looking into the past and future while visiting this unique museum. The Discovery Place Museum has a one-of-a-kind 12 ft. sound wall, giant animal murals, and large scale hands-on permanent exhibits focusing on science, history and human perception. A special dress-up theatre and tot spot for younger visitors also create an atmosphere where learning comes alive for the entire family. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm. Admission: $4 per person, children under five are FREE.
TEX-ARK ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM
217 LAUREL Street, (879) 772-2886
The auto museum is located between Third and Broad Streets in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. It is open from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and from 1 pm to 4 pm on Sundays. Special tours are also offered through the week by appointment only.
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.