New Festival in Texarkana: RailFest

Zoie Clift


Texarkana is home to a new festival this
year: RailFest. The festival is scheduled for this Saturday (May 14) at the new
Front Street Festival Plaza on the Arkansas side of town.

The headline act is Satisfaction, a Rolling
Stones tribute show.

The Big Jake’s Bar-B-Q Championship Rib
Cook-Off starts at 10 and the Four States Auto Museum holds its Sixth annual
Spring Car Show just a couple blocks away that day.


open at 10 and admission is 
$5 and free for kids 12 and under. More information and a detailed
schedule can be found at

As to a bit of history, Texarkana is in Miller County
and is named after three states: Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The two separate municipalities, Texarkana, Arkansas,
and Texarkana, Texas, sometime function as one city. The State Line Post Office
and Federal Building at 500 State Line Avenue is the only U.S. post office
situated in two states. It is said to be the most photographed courthouse in
the country after the Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C.

Several regional Caddo groups farmed the area
thousands of years before the city was created. Cahohadacho village, the last
of their settlements, was abandoned in the mid 1700s.  Some say the Indian
hunting trails that connected the villages were the basis for what came to be
known as the Southwest Trail.


By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Caddo
had left the area. In the late 1850s, the builders of the Cairo and Fulton
Railroad laid tracks in the state, completing the railway to the Texas border
in 1873.That same year, a group met on the Texas side to
organize Texarkana, Texas. Texarkana, Arkansas became a town in 1880.
cities grew throughout the 1890s.  Both towns grew and prospered until the
Great Depression of the 1930s. The town’s economy rebounded with the coming of
World War II. Along with being an important junction of railroad lines,
Texarkana built a strong economy based on timber and agricultural crops. State Line Avenue, the main street, was laid out to
lie on the dividing line between the two states. Each side has a mayor, and
there are two city councils and city staffs.

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2 comments on “New Festival in Texarkana: RailFest
  1. Paula Gunter says:

    The t-shirts are great. My husband works for Union Pacific and if we lived closer we would of been there.
    Can I purchase a t-shirt through the mail?
    How much are they and where can I send the money?

  2. Zoie Clift says:

    Hi Paula! The folks at the festival would be the best to talk to about where to purchase a t-shirt. Their contact details can be found at:–take care!

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