New Festival in Texarkana: RailFest

Texarkana is home to a new festival this year: RailFest. The festival is scheduled for this Saturday (May 14) at the newFront 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.
Gates 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.
Both 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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