twin cities in Arkansas and Texas in the United States

Texarkana is a city of 150,000 people (2016) in the Piney Woods region of Texas and the Timberlands region of Arkansas.

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State Line Avenue circles around the Texarkana Post Office and Courthouse. This building is bisected by the Texas-Arkansas border.

Texarkana is a city bisected by the Texas-Arkansas border; the west side of town is in Texas and the east side is in Arkansas. State Line Avenue runs right on the borderline.

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By plane edit

  • 1 Texarkana Regional Airport (TXK  IATA). Flights are operated by American Eagle Airlines from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. The airport is small with few amenities, but car rentals are available. Public transport is abysmal; the nearest bus station is a 700-meter walk away at crossing of E Broad St and Airport Plaza.    

The nearest airport served by all three major airline alliances is Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV IATA) in Louisiana.

By car edit

Interstate Highway 30 (I-30) runs through north Texarkana and serves as part of the city's loop. US Route 71 (US-71) enters from Shreveport, Louisiana in the south and continues to Ft. Smith Arkansas in the North. US-71 serves as the dividing line between the Texas and Arkansas sides of the city through downtown. US Route 59 (US-59) Enters through the southwest corner of town where it merges with Loop 245 and I-30, which it follows out of town. US Route 67 (US-67) enters on the Texas side from Dallas in the middle of the city and exits in the northeast corner, headed to Little Rock. US Route 82 (US-82) enters Texarkana shadowing I-30 from Dallas, but takes a straighter path through the city. It exits town on the Arkansas side and continues through Mississippi and Georgia.

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  • Amtrak serves Texarkana daily with its Texas Eagle route. The historic 2 Texarkana Union Station is located on 100 E Front St, bisecting the state frontier between Texas and Arkansas.

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Greyhound serves the city. Their terminal, 3 Texarkana Greyhound is north of the city, on 405 E 51st St, along the I-30. +1 870 774-5163. Local buses connect with city centre during day time.

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Public transport is limited in Texarkana but there is a small bus network called T-Line. Buses usually depart once an hour.

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The state line sign in front of the post office and courthouse.

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  • 1 Big Jake's BBQ, 2610 New Boston Rd, +1 903 793-1169. Good barbecue accompanied with all-you-can-eat sides.
  • 2 Ironwood Grill, 4312 Galleria Oaks Dr., +1 903 223-4644. Monday to Thursday 11AM - 9PM, Saturday and Sunday 11AM - 10PM. American-style food with casual dining. Atmosphere akin to Austin or Boulder.
  • 3 Pecan Point Brewing Company, 213 Main St (Next to Perot Theatre), +1 903-306-0661. Gastopub combined with micro brewery, opened in 2014 in central Texarkana.
  • 4 Verona Restaurant, 212 E Broad St, +1 870-773-4444. Fine dining in downtown.
  • Gusano's Pizzeria, 2820 Richmond Rd, +1 903 792 8646, . 11AM-11PM Friday and Saturday, 11AM-10PM all other days. Chicago-style pizzeria and sports bar with the self-proclaimed "best Chicago-style pizza in the world". Part of a tiny chain of 8 restaurants in and around Arkansas.

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Almost all hotels are clustered around the Interstate highways, far from the city center.

Budget edit

  • 1 Shamrock Motel, 717 N State Line Ave, +1 903-794-8276. One of few lodging options near downtown, however this motel is very rudimentary.

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The Texas side of town is in the 903 area code, while the Arkansas side is in the 870 area code.

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Texarkana came to fame with the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit about a truck run to Atlanta, commemorated through the Bandit Run.

Routes through Texarkana
DallasMarshall  SW   NE  HopeSt. Louis
DallasMount Pleasant ← Jct N   S  W   E  HopeLittle Rock
END  N   S  ShreveportLafayette
SallisawMena  N   S  JeffersonMarshall
Little RockHope  N   S  → Jct N   SMount PleasantDallas
Fort SmithMena  N   S  ShreveportAlexandria
GainesvilleParis ← Jct N   S  W   E  GarlandGreenville

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Texarkana, Texas
Texarkana, Arkansas