Art & Culture
Artspark & Artwall
The ArtSparK is a relaxing green space with revolving events and art displays for those visiting downtown. Located at the corner of W. 4th and Main Street, this attraction changes its exhibits every quarter with all local school districts participating. TRAHC and Norton & Wood Law Firm originally developed this space as a public art park. Art students at SAU in Magnolia, under the direction of associate professor of art Steven Ochs, designed this area, which hosts a timeline that traces the history of Texarkana from the Caddo Indian era through the 1800s, 1900s, and up to 2003.
The ArtWall, an outdoor exhibit space which curves from the ArtSparK, skips over the alley and ends on the side of the Regional Arts Center. Area students' works of art are then transferred to large weatherproof panels and mounted into aluminum frames provided by Alcoa.
Located in front of the ArtSparK is a 140-foot mosaic strip created by artist Sheila Keever with the assistance of numerous children who participated in TRAHC's 2004 summer arts program, "Color Texarkana." The mosaic depicts recognizable aspects and buildings that are unique to the Twin Cities.
Photographer's Island (Post Office and Federal Building)
903-223-3800 - Post with one foot in Arkansas and the other in Texas. Only U.S. post office that sits in two states. Built in 1932-33. Second most photographed courthouse in the U.S. Historical exhibit on the second floor.
Scott Joplin Mural
Located on the south wall of the building at 311 Main Street, the Scott Joplin Mural pays tribute to the "King of Ragtime." Joplin was born November 24, 1868, near what would later become Texarkana. (Texarkana was not established until 1873, but there were people living in the immediate area.) Joplin and his family lived in the 600 block of Hazel street during his childhood. This unique landmark depicts the life and accomplishments of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and area native, Scott Joplin.
A jewel of the region, bringing the best of Broadway, classical music, ballet, jazz, modern dance and more to Texarkana. The Perot 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 theatre also offers tours year-round.
Texarkana Regional Arts Center
The beautifully renovated Regional Arts Center 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 the 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 Arkanas-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 historical treasure.
Rondo Confederate Cemetery
This historic, well preserved cemetery on McClure Road on the Arkansas side, hosts the graves of man y of the area's early settlers. The cemetery features a memorial honoring the eighty-five Confederate soldiers buried there.
Rose Hill Cemetery
Founded as "city cemetery" in 1874 on 100 South Lelia Street, this is one of the oldest cemeteries in Texarkana. About 70 Confederate soliders and 3 known Union soliders are buried here along with many prominent local citizens.
Barbara Gleboff FIne Arts Building
This facility showcases regional artwork each year during the Four States Fair at the Four States Fair Grounds and is also home of the Twin Cities Annual Mayor's Art Competition in early spring.
Bi-State Justice Building
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.
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 apprecaite the poignant beauty of each tribute. Some of these momumental attractions include the World War I Memorial, Korea/Vietnam Memorial, Confederate Monument, commemorating soliders 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.
Arkansas Municipal Auditorium
Check out the site that was host to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
870-779-4991 - Corner of Walnut & 4th St - arkansaspreservation.com
Hands-on sceince and history exhibits for children. 903-793-4831 - 215 Pine
903-748-3889 - 216 E Broad St - This small gallery offers an eclectic selection of paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, woodwork, metalwork and more.
Four States Entertainment Center
870-773-2941 - 3700 E 50th St - Multi-purpose arena that features a variety of events each year. Equine Center and Agricultural Learning Center also on site. The annual fair and rodeo is held each September. RV park with full hookups available year-round.
Front Street Festival Plaza
An exciting venue in Historic Downtown Texarkana with annual events including Mardi Gras and Railfest.
Four States Auto Museum
Displays vehicles representing over 100 years of auto manufacturing, along with auto-related items. Exhibits changed every three months. Includes library with auto-related books, periodicals, and newsletters.
Lindsay Railroad Museum
Honors the railroad history of Texarkana. lindsayrailroadmuseumintexarkana.com
Miller County Memorial
World War II memorial to soliders of Miller County. Erected March 1950 to honor the fallen. (Miller County Courthouse)
Museum of Regional History
Texarkana Regional Arts Center
903-792-8681 - 321 W. 4th
National/Regional touring exhibits, lectures, and classes for all ages, and social/civic events.
Patrick J. Ahern House
903-793-4831 - 403 Laurel St
The Ahern house was designed in the Classical Revival style by the Burdsal Company based on a floor plan designed by Mr. and Mrs. Ahern.