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POST OFFICE AND PHOTOGRAPHER'S ISLAND
The Federal Building in the downtown area of Texarkana is the home of one of the most unique post offices in America, it literally straddles State Line Avenue. With half the building in Texas and half in Arkansas, the post office’s official address is listed as Texarkana, USA, 75501. Located in front of the post office, Photographer’s Island has long been a favorite point of interest, especially for those wishing to capture a unique photo during their excursion along the “Trail of Two Cities.”

REGIONAL ARTS CENTER

The Regional Arts Center was originally built in 1909 as a United States District Courthouse and features ornate plaster, a copper cage elevator, a grand hall with a 26 foot ceiling. 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. Open Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For further information call TRAHC, the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Inc., at (903) 792-8681.


ACE OF CLUBS HOUSE
The Ace of Clubs House is truly a living museum. Legend has it that entrepreneur James H. Draughnon built the 22 sided house at 420 Pine Street with the winnings from a poker game, and that the winning card was the Ace of Clubs. Architecturally unique, the 1885 Italianate Victorian home has a central octagonal stairhall with three octagonal wings, and one rectangular wing, which gives it the distinctive shape of the playing card. Each room represents a specific period in the history of the house and reveals interesting insights into the lifestyle of the families who lived there. The house is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last tour at 3p.m. For more information, call (903)793-4831. (Group tours are available).

SCOTT JOPLIN MURAL
Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime Composers, grew up in Texarkana. His sophisticated piano compositions have only recently become fully appreciated and many revivals of his works have been staged and recorded. A colorful, outdoor mural depicting both the life and accomplishments of the Pulitzer Prize winning composer is located at Third and Main Streets in Texarkana.

KOREA/VIETNAM MEMORIAL
In 1988, a group of local citizens erected a monument to recognize soldiers from across our four states area who lost their lives in the Korean and Vietnam wars. This tribute to our “gone but not forgotten” sits on historic State Line Avenue, one block north of the post office in downtown Texarkana.

PEROT THEATRE

The historic Perot Theatre first opened in November of 1924 as the Saenger Theatre. Designed in Italian Renaissance style by Emil Weil, it was built as the “most opulent link” of the Saenger Amusement chain. Thanks to the generosity of native son H. Ross Perot and the citizens’ desire to save the beautiful old theatre, the facility is now a favorite of performing artists from all over the world. The theatre is home to one of the nation’s major performing arts series presented by TRAHC.

From September through May, the Perot Series offers high quality programs including major symphony orchestras, superstars of pop and country music, gala Broadway shows, classical ballet and spirited ethnic dance. The Perot Theatre also hosts numerous community presentations, children’s events and prearranged tours. For show ticket information, call (903) 792-4992, Tuesday - Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule a Perot Theatre tour, call TRAHC (903) 792-8681.


MUSEUM OF REGIONAL HISTORY
Located in the oldest brick building in Texarkana, the Museum of Regional History, 219 N. State Line Ave. Newly renovated, visitors learn the facinating regional history of this twin city, including the Caddo Indians, Civil Rights, timber, agriculture and post World War II. An interactive music history exhibit features native son, Scott Joplin, “Father of Ragtime Music,” and others. The Museum of Regional History is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, including reservations for private group tours, call (903) 793-4831.

DISCOVERY PLACE
Discovery Place is a museum for everyone. Large scale “hands-on” and permanent exhibits focusing on science, history and human perception, are featured at Discovery Place. The twelve foot sound wall, living science lab and a dress-up theatre add to the fun and learning. For information, call (903) 793-4831.

BI-STATE JUSTICE CENTER
The only such facility in the world, the Bi-State Justice center is home for over twenty city, county and state judicial and law enforcement agencies for the two states of Arkansas and Texas. Because this building is located in two states, special legislation by both states (Ark. and Tx.) created unique legal jurisdictions, applicable only inside the building. For tour information, call (903) 798-3000.

MAJESTIC MAGNOLIA

The only such facility in the world, the Bi-State Justice center is home for over twenty city, county and state judicial and law enforcement agencies for the two states of Arkansas and Texas. Because this building is located in two states, special legislation by both states (Ark. and Tx.) created unique legal jurisdictions, applicable only inside the building. For tour information, call (903) 798-3000.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT
The Confederate Memorial, 5th and State Line, commemorates soldiers of the Confederacy and their Mothers. The monument was the vision of Texarkana resident and C.S.A. veteran Capt. James T. Rosborough; and was erected in 1918 through the support of the United Daughters of the Confederacy & other citizens.

The monument’s figures were carved in Italy, with special government permission necessary to import them during World War I. The base and canopy were sculptured by Allen Monuments of Texarkana.


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