|— City —|
|City of Texarkana|
|Nickname(s): The Texas Side, T-Town, TK, TXK, & Twin City, One Horse Town|
|Motto: Twice as Nice|
|• City Council||Mayor Bob Bruggeman
Bradfield H. Casteel
Brian L. Matthews
|• City Manager||F. Larry Sullivan, Ed.D.|
|• Total||25.7 sq mi (41.36 km2)|
|• Land||25.6 sq mi (41.19 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||299 ft (91 m)|
|• Density||1,357.3/sq mi (524.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||903, 430|
|GNIS feature ID||1369752|
Texarkana is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States, located in the Ark-La-Tex region. Together with neighboring Texarkana, Arkansas, it forms the community of Texarkana. The population of the Texas city was 34,782 at the 2000 census, now 37,103 at the 2010 census. The total population of Texarkana is 67,784; the total area is 67.35 sq mi.
Texarkana is the headquarters of the theologically conservative American Baptist Association, whose Missionary Baptist churches are most numerous in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.
Railroads were quick to see the possibilities of this vast area, and in the late 1850s the builders of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad were pushing their line steadily across Arkansas. By 1874, they had crossed the Red River and had reached the Texas state line. Between February 16 and March 19, 1874, trains ran between the Texas border and Red River, whence passengers and freight were ferried to Fulton to continue by rail. The Red River Bridge opened on March 20, 1874, and since then trains have run directly from Texarkana to St. Louis.
There was keen rivalry between the 1870s railroad builders. The Texas and Pacific reached across Texas to the Arkansas state line. The border was the logical place for the different railways to connect. On December 8, 1873, the Texas and Pacific Railroad sold the first town lots for the future city. First to buy was J.W. Davis, who purchased the land where today's Hotel McCartney now stands, opposite Union Station.
It is not known who named Texarkana its name. A popular story credits Colonel Gus Knobel, who surveyed the Iron Mountain Railroad right-of-way from Little Rock to this section to the state line. He allegedly painted "TEX-ARK-ANA" on a plank and nailed it to a tree, saying, "This is the name of a town which is to be built here."
Miller County is probably the only county in the United States which was abolished, only to be reestablished later. Miller County was formed 1820, to honor James Miller, who was Arkansas' first governor, Miller County was formed with a large degree of uncertainty as to the location of the line dividing the county and the Mexican boundary. Consequently, settlers felt that Arkansas levied and collected taxes on land which eventually might be held by Mexico. Moreover, many who resented the oppression of Texans by the Mexicans were openly declaring allegiance to the Texans. This led to general unrest, and after the Texas Republic was created, it grew worse. So, in 1838, Governor James Conway proposed that the "easiest and most effective remedy is the abolition of Miller County to an area which is more patriotic." From that year until 1874, it was a part of Lafayette County. Its re-establishment sprung only from the sale of town lots in Texarkana in 1873. Efforts of the young town to be incorporated were not realized until October 17, 1880, nearly seven years after Texarkana, Texas (June 12, 1874) was formed. December 8, 1873, is generally recognized by both cities as the date of organization. (information from (http://www.texarkana.org/Texarkana_USA/History_of_Texarkana.aspx))
Texarkana, Texas, is located at the junction of Interstate 30 and US highways 59, 67, 71, and 82 in extreme northeast Texas on the Texas-Arkansas border, at (33.437170, -94.067394). It is in the Central time zone.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.7 square miles (67 km2), of which, 25.6 square miles (66 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.39%) is water.
- The warmest month is July.
- The highest recorded temperature was 117°F (47°C) in 1936.
- On average, the coolest month is January.
- The lowest recorded temperature was -6°F (-21°C) in 1989.
- The most precipitation on average occurs in November.
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As of the census of 2000, there were 34,782 people, 13,569 households, and 8,941 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,357.3 people per square mile (524.0/km²). There were 15,105 housing units at an average density of 589.4 per square mile (227.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.18% White, 37.05% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.91% of the population.
There were 13,569 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 19.3% have a female householder with no husband present and 34.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,727, and the median income for a family was $38,505. Males had a median income of $34,155 versus $21,143 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,815. About 19.4% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.8% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.
According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Red River Army Depot & tenants||7,200|
|2||Christus St. Michael Health Care||1,883|
|3||Cooper Tire & Rubber Company||1,700|
|7||Wadley Regional Medical Center||850|
|8||Texarkana Independent School District||795|
|9||Texarkana Arkansas School District||785|
|10||Southern Refrigerated Transport||750|
Local government 
According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fund Financial Statements, the city's various funds had $36.0 million in Revenues, $37.0 million in expenditures, $18.9 million in total assets, $3.5 million in total liabilities, and $7.2 million in investments.
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
|City Manager||John A. Whitson|
|Municipal Court Judge||Sherry Jackson|
|Police Chief / Director of Public Safety||Daniel Shiner|
|Director of Human Resources||Rose Stewart|
|Director of Community Redevelopment & Grants||Craig Lindholm-|
|Finance Director||Charles L. Bassett, Jr.|
|Chief Building Official||Lynn Henry|
|Marketing and Communications Director||Vicki Melde|
|Director of Engineering and Infrastructure||Kyle Dooley|
|Director of Parks||Robby Robertson|
Public school districts 
Colleges and universities 
State government 
Though the city is historically Democratic, Texarkana is currently represented by Republicans in both houses of the Texas State Legislature. The state senator is Kevin Eltife from District 1. George Lavender of Texarkana represents Texas House District 1.
Federal government 
At the Federal level, the two U.S. Senators from Texas are Republicans John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison; Texarkana is part of Texas' US Congressional 4th District, which is currently represented by Republican Ralph M. Hall.
The Federal Courthouse (which also holds the city's only post office) is located directly on the Arkansas-Texas state line and is the only federal office building to straddle a state line.
Texarkana Union Station is located in Downtown Texarkana along the state line with daily Amtrak service west to Dallas and east to Chicago via Little Rock. Texarkana Urban Transit District provides bus transportation to major areas of town starting at about 5:30 am and ending about 6:30pm Monday thru Saturday.
Interstate 30 passes through Texarkana on the north. Loop 151 on the west of the city forms part of the Texarkana Loop, which itself forms a three-quarter loop around the west, south and east of the twin cities with I-30 completing the loop on the north. Texarkana is currently constructing a new interstate corridor, Interstate 49, which will connect it to Shreveport.
Notable natives and residents 
- Will Middlebrooks, MLB baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
- Drew Stubbs, MLB baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds
- Lindsey Rayl Actress and singer/songwriter
- Aysel Teymurzadeh Famous singer-performer
- Parnelli Jones. Race car driver
- Ocielia Gibson, Miss Black USA 2011
- Miller Barber, golfer
- J. B. Bobo, a magician
- Willie Buchanon, American football player
- David Crowder, musician
- LaMichael James, American NFL football player for the San Francisco 49ers
- Brandon Jones NFL football player for the Baltimore Ravens
- Scott Joplin, musician and composer (founder of Ragtime)
- Joshua Logan, film and stage director
- Eddie Mathews, American Baseball player
- Will Middlebrooks, MLB baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
- Dustin Moseley, American Baseball Player
- Craig Monroe, baseball player
- Mac Morgan, opera singer
- Ross Perot, businessman and politician
- Charles B. Pierce, movie producer
- Molly C. Quinn, actress
- James Theodore Richmond, writer and conservationist
- Bill Rogers, golfer
Lane Elliott - Pro Fisherman,, Professional Football player
- Michael Jarboe Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe
- Marshall Terrill, best-selling author
- Jeremiah Trotter, NFL football player
- Nathan Vasher, NFL football player for the San Diego Chargers
- Frank D. White, governor of Arkansas from 1981 to 1983, was born in Texarkana, Texas.
- Otis Williams, musician, founding member of The Temptations
- Jesse Belvin, singer, pianist and songwriter popular in the 1950s
- Jeff Keith, lead singer of rock band, Tesla
- Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino, Pulitzer Prize winning publisher and CEO of Pearson PLC
- Melanie Williams (Catt Dahman) Fiction writer
- Julie Meadows, former pornographic actress
- Rod Smith, Former NFL football player,Denver Broncos
- Rowdy Mcintosh, former member of the blue man acting troop
Kevin Luthringer- Pro Basketball Player
In popular culture 
- Brenda Lee's 1959 song Let's Jump The Broomstick references the city with the lyric 'Goin' to Alabama back from Texarkana, Goin' all around the world'.
- Texarkana is references as one of the places visited by a the red car in The Brave Little Toaster during the song "Worthless."
- Texarkana is the subject and title of a 1991 song by R.E.M.. The track appears on the band's seventh studio album, Out of Time.
- The city is also referenced to in the song Cotton Fields by the American folk and blues musician Lead Belly and later recorded by several notable country rock artists including The Highwaymen, Buck Owens, The Beach Boys and Credence Clearwater Revival.
- In the novel A Canticle for Liebowitz, centuries after a nuclear war that reduces world civilization to second dark age, Texarkana rises as the capital of a burgeoning empire that expands across the former United States and becomes known as the Atlantic Confederacy.
- Jerry Reed's 1977 hit song "East Bound And Down" from the "Smokey And The Bandit" soundtrack refers to the city in the lyric 'The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there's beer in Texarkana', referring to plot point of the lack of availability of Coors beer east of Texas at that time.
- In the movie "ZOMBIELAND" (2009), 'Tallahassee' (Woody Harrelson) refers to the relationship with his new zombie-killing companion, 'Columbus' (Jessie Eisenberg) that he figures it will last "all the way to Texarkana".
- In the 1977 movie "Smokey and the Bandit", Smokey and The Snowman (Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed) are making a run from Atlanta, GA to Texarkana, TX to get a load of beer. Funny thing is that Texarkana, TX is dry and the alcohol distributor is actually in Texarkana, Arkansas.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Our City". Ci.texarkana.tx.us. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- City of Texarkana 2009 CAFR. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
- City of Texarkana Contact Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
- "Parole Division Region I." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
- "Contact Information." Texas Sixth Court of Appeals. Retrieved on March 10, 2010.
- "FCI Texarkana Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
- "Ward Map." City of Texarkana, Texas. Retrieved on July 2, 2010.
- City of Texarkana, Texas portal
- Texarkana Chamber of Commerce
- Handbook of Texas Online: Texarkana, Texas
- Texarkana Business Reviews
- Texarkana Gazette
- Texarkana Convention & Visitors Bureau