Ark-La-Tex

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Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas
Region
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Country  United States of America
State  Arkansas
 Louisiana
 Oklahoma
 Texas
Largest City  Shreveport

The Ark-La-Tex (also known as Arklatex, ArkLaTex, or more inclusively Arklatexoma) is a U.S. socio-economic region where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma intersect. The region contains portions of Northwest Louisiana, Northeast Texas, South Arkansas, and the Little Dixie area of Oklahoma.

The region is centered on the Shreveport/Bossier metropolitan area in Northwest Louisiana.[1] Other important cities in the region include Marshall in Northeast Texas, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and both Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana, Arkansas.

Although it is not an official US metropolitan area, it has a total population of 1,043,570.[citation needed] Its largest city is Shreveport, Louisiana with Tyler, Texas in second, Longview, Texas in third, and Texarkana, Texas/Texarkana, Arkansas in fourth.

The area covers roughly 46,500 square miles as it is about 240 miles North to South (Mena, Arkansas in the north to Lufkin, Texas in the south) and about 194 miles East to West (El Dorado Arkansas in the East to Sulphur Springs, Texas to the West).

Most of the region is located in the Piney Woods, an ecoregion of dense forest of mixed deciduous and conifer flora. The forests are periodically punctuated by sloughs and bayous that are linked to larger bodies of water such as Caddo Lake or the Red River.

According to one source, the name "Ark-La-Tex" was first promoted for the region by a Shreveport Chamber of Commerce campaign in 1932-33.[2]

Culture[edit]

The culture of the Ark-La-Tex region, and especially its music, shows a mixture of influences from the related, but distinct, cultures of its surrounding states. The music of the area is marked by country and blues sounds typical of the music of the Southern United States, the Western music of Texas, and the well-documented music of New Orleans and Acadiana in Louisiana.[3] The area had a significant role in the development of country and rock and roll music beginning in the 1940s. On March 1, 1948, Shreveport radio station KWKH launched a country music variety show called the Ark-La-Tex Jubilee, followed a month later by the long-running and influential Louisiana Hayride program.[4] Hayride director Horace Logan and regular performer Webb Pierce started a music publishing company called Ark-La-Tex Music.[5][6]

Drummer Brian Blade, a Shreveport native, included a song entitled "Ark.La.Tex." on his 2014 album Landmarks, exploring the mixture of musical influences in his home region.[7]

Media[edit]

TV[edit]

KLTV - Tyler (ABC affiliate)

KYTX - Nacogdoches (CBS affiliate)

KFXK - Longview (FOX affiliate)

KCEB - Longview (Me-TV affiliate)

KETK - Jacksonville (NBC affiliate)

KTRE - Lufkin (ABC affiliate)

KTAL - Shreveport (NBC affiliate)

KMSS - Shreveport (FOX affiliate)

KSHV - Shreveport (MyNetworkTV affiliate)

KPXJ - Shreveport (CW affiliate)

KSLA - Shreveport (CBS affiliate)

KTBS - Shreveport (ABC affiliate)

AETN - Arkadelphia/El Dorado (PBS affiliate)

KTVE - El Dorado (NBC affiliate)

Radio[edit]

Communities[edit]

Largest Cities[edit]

List of cities over 2,500 people:

Louisiana[edit]

City Parish Population
Arcadia, Louisiana Bienville Parish 2,919
Blanchard, Louisiana Caddo Parish 2,899
Bossier City, Louisiana Bossier Parish 62,745
Eastwood, Louisiana Bossier Parish 4,093
Fairview Alpha, Louisiana Natchitoches Parish, Red River Parish 5,000
Grambling, Louisiana Lincoln Parish 4,949
Greenwood, Louisiana Caddo Parish 3,219
Haughton, Louisiana Bossier Parish 3,454
Homer, Louisiana Claiborne Parish 3,237
Jonesboro, Louisiana Jackson Parish 4,704
Mansfield, Louisiana DeSoto Parish 5,001
Many, Louisiana Sabine Parish 2,853
Minden, Louisiana Webster Parish 13,082
Natchitoches, Louisiana Natchitoches Parish 18,323
Red Chute, Louisiana Bossier Parish 6,261
Ruston, Louisiana Lincoln Parish 21,859
Shreveport, Louisiana Caddo Parish, Bossier Parish 200,975
Springhill, Louisiana Webster Parish 5,279
Vivian, Louisiana Caddo Parish 3,671
Winnfield, Louisiana Winn Parish 4,840

Texas[edit]

City County Population
Atlanta, Texas Cass County 5,675
Athens, Texas Henderson County 12,710
Bonham, Texas Fannin County 10,127
Carthage, Texas Panola County 6,779
Clarksville, Texas Red River County 3,883
Crockett, Texas Houston County 7,141
Daingerfield, Texas Morris County 2,560
Gilmer, Texas Upshur County 4,905
Gladewater, Texas Gregg County, Upshur County 6,228
Hallsville, Texas Harrison County 3,775
Henderson, Texas Rusk County 13,712
Hooks, Texas Bowie County 2,769
Jacksonville, Texas Cherokee County 14,544
Kilgore, Texas Gregg County, Rusk County 12,975
Longview, Texas Gregg County, Harrison County 80,455
Lufkin, Texas Angelina County 35,067
Marshall, Texas Harrison County 23,523
Mount Pleasant, Texas Titus County 15,564
Mount Vernon, Texas Franklin County 2,662
Nacogdoches, Texas Nacogdoches County 32,996
New Boston, Texas Bowie County 4,550
Paris, Texas Lamar County 25,171
Pittsburg, Texas Camp County 4,497
Sulphur Springs, Texas Hopkins County 15,449
Texarkana, Texas Bowie County 36,411
Tyler, Texas Smith County 96,900
White Oak, Texas Gregg County 6,469


Arkansas[edit]

City County Population
Arkadelphia, Arkansas Clark County 10,714
Ashdown, Arkansas Little River County 4,723
Camden, Arkansas Ouachita County 12,183
De Queen, Arkansas Sevier County 6,629
El Dorado, Arkansas Union County 18,491
Hope, Arkansas Hempstead County 17,264
Magnolia, Arkansas Columbia County 11,577
Mena, Arkansas Polk County 5,737
Nashville, Arkansas Howard County 4,627
Prescott, Arkansas Nevada County 3,868
Texarkana, Arkansas Miller County 29,919


Oklahoma[edit]

City County Population
Broken Bow, Oklahoma McCurtain County 4,120
Hugo, Oklahoma Choctaw County 5,310
Idabel, Oklahoma McCurtain County 7,010

All Communities[edit]

List of Cities, Towns and Villages in Ark-La-Tex

Famous natives[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gay N. Martin, Louisiana: A Guide to Unique Places (Globe Pequot, 2006), ISBN 978-0762742028, p. 3. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  2. ^ Bonnye E. Stuart, Louisiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Globe Pequot, 2012), ISBN 978-0762769773, pp. 5-7. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  3. ^ See generally Kip Lornell and Tracey E. W. Laird, eds., Shreveport Sounds in Black and White (University Press of Mississippi, 2008), ISBN 978-1934110423, and in particular the introductory section entitled "The 'Ark-La-Tex' and Music Research" at pp. xii-xvii. Excerpts available at Google Books; other excerpts also available at Amazon.com here.
  4. ^ Tracey E. W. Laird, Louisiana Hayride : Radio and Roots Music along the Red River: Radio and Roots Music along the Red River (Oxford University Press, 2004), ISBN 978-0195347180, p. 6. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  5. ^ "Webb Pierce" in Michael Erlewine, ed., All Music Guide to Country: The Experts' Guide to the Best Recordings in Country Music ( Hal Leonard Corporation, 1997), ISBN 978-0879304751, p. 364. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  6. ^ "KWKH Maps Big Build-Up on Hillbillies", Billboard, August 30, 1952, p. 19.
  7. ^ "Brian Blade Finds A 'Landmark' In His Shreveport Roots", Weekend Edition, April 27, 2014.("... my depiction musically of this region where we live, you know, where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet here at the northwestern corner of Louisiana. I guess in terms of the structure of the song - these sort of three different moods - it unfolds in this very small way - these seeds. Then all of a sudden, you cross a line and the landscape changes immediately.")