Texarkana, Texas
Texarkana is a city in Bowie County
Bowie County, Texas
Bowie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Texarkana, Texas - Texarkana, Arkansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 89,306. Its legal county seat is Boston, though its courthouse is located in New Boston...

, Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

, United States
United States
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. It effectively functions as one half of a city which crosses a state line — the other half, the city of Texarkana, Arkansas
Texarkana, Arkansas
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,448 people, 10,384 households, and 7,040 families residing in the city. The population density was 830.5 people per square mile . There were 11,721 housing units at an average density of 368.1 per square mile...

, lies on the other side of State Line Avenue
State Line Avenue
State Line Avenue is a north–south arterial road in Texarkana, United States. It follows approximately eleven miles of the Texas-Arkansas state line, and divides the city into two separate municipal units...

. The population of the city is 34,782 at the 2000 census
United States Census, 2000
The Twenty-second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13.2% over the 248,709,873 persons enumerated during the 1990 Census...

The city, along with its Arkansas counterpart, forms the core of the Texarkana, Texas–Texarkana, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area
Texarkana metropolitan area
The Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area , as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget, is a two-county region anchored by the twin cities of Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana, Arkansas, and encompassing the surrounding communities in Bowie County, Texas and...

, encompassing all of Bowie County, Texas and Miller County, Arkansas.

Texarkana is the headquarters of the theologically conservative
Christian right
Christian right is a term used predominantly in the United States to describe "right-wing" Christian political groups that are characterized by their strong support of socially conservative policies...

 American Baptist Association
American Baptist Association
The American Baptist Association , formed in 1924, is an association of nearly 2,000 theologically conservative churches that are Landmark Baptist in their missions and teachings...

, whose Missionary Baptist churches are most numerous in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana
Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties...

, Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles , Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state...

, and Mississippi
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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°26′14"N 94°4′3"W (33.437170, -94.067394). It is in the Central time zone
Time zone
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According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 25.7 square miles (66.6 km²), of which, 25.6 square miles (66.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square mile (0.258998811 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.


As of the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 34,782 people, 13,569 households, and 8,941 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 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
Race (United States Census)
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 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
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 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
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 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
Red River Army Depot
The Red River Army Depot is an facility located west of Texarkana, Texas in Bowie County. The facility has over of storage capacity. RRAD was activated in 1941 to create an ammunition storage facility. The depot was supposed to be deactivated after the findings of the 1995 Base Realignment...

 & tenants
2 Christus St. Michael Health Care 1,850
3 Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
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4 Domtar 1,150
5 Wal-Mart
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6 International Paper
International Paper
International Paper Company is an American pulp and paper company, the largest such company in the world. It has approximately 59,500 employees, and it is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.-History:...

7 Wadley Regional Medical Center 850
8 Texarkana Independent School District
Texarkana Independent School District
Texarkana Independent School District is an urban school district serving in the Northeast corner of Texas . It serves the majority of Texarkana, Texas and the surrounding communities of Wake Village and Nash. It is the largest school district in Bowie County and the largest district served by...

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:
Department Director
City Manager F. Larry Sullivan, Ed.D.
City Secretary Kerry Meridith
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

Much of Texarkana, Texas, is under the jurisdiction of the Texarkana Independent School District
Texarkana Independent School District
Texarkana Independent School District is an urban school district serving in the Northeast corner of Texas . It serves the majority of Texarkana, Texas and the surrounding communities of Wake Village and Nash. It is the largest school district in Bowie County and the largest district served by...

, but also the Liberty-Eylau Independent
Liberty-Eylau Independent School District
Liberty-Eylau Independent School District is a public school district in southeastern Bowie County, Texas ....

 and Pleasant Grove Independent School District
Pleasant Grove Independent School District (Bowie County, Texas)
Pleasant Grove Independent School District is a public school district in Texarkana, Texas.In 2009, the school district was rated "recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.-History:...


Colleges and universities

Texarkana is also home to Texarkana College
Texarkana College
Texarkana College is a community college located in Texarkana, Texas.-Location:Texarkana College is located at , in the northeast border of Texarkana, Texas, at the junction of Robison and Tucker streets, which is approximately one mile south of Interstate 30.The twin cities of Texarkana,...

, a community college
Community college
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, as well as a new 4-year branch of Texas A&M
Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the United States. Through a statewide network of eleven universities, eight state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the Texas A&M System educates over 100,000 students, conducts more than $600...

: Texas A&M University–Texarkana.

State government

Though the city is historically Democratic
Democratic Party (United States)
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, Texarkana is represented in the Texas Senate
Texas Senate
The Texas Senate is the upper house of the Texas Legislature. There are 31 members of the Senate, representing 31 single-member districts across the state with populations of approximately 672,000 per constituency. There are no term limits, and each term is four years long. The Senate meets at the...

 by Republican Kevin Eltife
Kevin Eltife
Kevin Paul Eltife is a businessman from Tyler, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas Senate. He was sworn in on March 5, 2004, as a result of a special election, to represent District 1...

, District 1. A Republican, George Lavender
George Lavender
George Lavender is an American state politician and Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives.- References :...

, in House District 1, represents Texarkana in the Texas House of Representatives
Texas House of Representatives
The Texas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Texas Legislature. The House is composed of 150 members elected from single-member districts across the state. The average district has about 150,000 people. Representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits...


The Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is a department of the government of the state of Texas. The TDCJ is responsible for statewide criminal justice for adult offenders, including managing offenders in state prisons, state jails and private correctional facilities, funding and certain...

 (TDCJ) operates the Texarkana District Parole Office in Texarkana.

The Texas Sixth Court of Appeals
Texas Courts of Appeals
The Texas Courts of Appeals are part of the Texas judicial system. In Texas, all cases appealed from the district level, both criminal and civil, may be heard by one of the fourteen Texas Courts of Appeals. The exception is for cases where the death penalty is a factor; these cases go directly to...

 is located in the Bi-State Justice Building.

Federal government

At the Federal level, the two U.S. Senators from Texas are Republicans John Cornyn
John Cornyn
John Cornyn, III is the junior United States Senator for Texas, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was elected Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 111th U.S. Congress....

 and Kay Bailey Hutchison
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Kathryn Ann Bailey Hutchison, known as Kay Bailey Hutchison , is the senior United States Senator from Texas.She is a member of the Republican Party. In 2001, she was named one of the thirty most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. The first woman to represent Texas in the U.S....

; Texarkana is part of Texas' US Congressional 4th District, which is currently represented by Republican Ralph M. Hall.

The United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States...

 operates the Texarkana Post Office in Texarkana, Texas. In addition it operates the Downtown Texarkana Post Office in Texarkana, Arkansas
Texarkana, Arkansas
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,448 people, 10,384 households, and 7,040 families residing in the city. The population density was 830.5 people per square mile . There were 11,721 housing units at an average density of 368.1 per square mile...


Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana
Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana
The Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana is a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility in unincorporated Bowie County, Texas, near Texarkana, Texas. The prison, near the Texas-Arkansas border, is north of Shreveport, Louisiana and east of Dallas, Texas. It is a low-security facility used for the...

 is a Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Bureau of Prisons
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is a federal law enforcement agency subdivision of the United States Department of Justice and is responsible for the administration of the federal prison system. The system also handles prisoners who committed acts considered felonies under the District of Columbia's...

 facility in unincorporated
Unincorporated area
In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not a part of any municipality.To "incorporate" in this context means to form a municipal corporation, a city, town, or village with its own government. An unincorporated community is usually not subject to or taxed by a municipal government...

 Bowie County
Bowie County, Texas
Bowie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Texarkana, Texas - Texarkana, Arkansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 89,306. Its legal county seat is Boston, though its courthouse is located in New Boston...

, near Texarkana, Texas.


Texarkana Regional Airport is located in Texarkana, Arkansas
Texarkana, Arkansas
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,448 people, 10,384 households, and 7,040 families residing in the city. The population density was 830.5 people per square mile . There were 11,721 housing units at an average density of 368.1 per square mile...

 and serves general aviation and American Eagle
American Eagle Airlines
American Eagle Airlines is a brand name used by American Eagle Airlines, Inc. , based in Fort Worth, Texas, and Executive Airlines based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the operation of passenger air service as regional affiliates of American Airlines. All three airlines are wholly owned subsidiaries...

 service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Texarkana Union Station is located in Downtown Texarkana along the state line with daily Amtrak
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak , is a government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971, to provide intercity passenger train service in the United States. "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "track". It is headquartered at Union...

 service west to Dallas and east to Chicago
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 via Little Rock.
Texarkana Urban Transit District
Texarkana Urban Transit District
The Texarkana Urban Transit District is the primary provider of mass transportation in Texarkana metropolitan area. Managed by one of many unified interstate agencies for the area, it operates 7 bus routes on Monday through Saturday.-Routes:*1 Arkansas Blvd...

 provides bus transportation to major areas of town starting at about 5:30 am and ending about 6:30pm Monday thru Saturday.

Interstate 30
Interstate 30
Interstate 30 is an Interstate Highway in the southern United States. I-30 runs from Interstate 20 west of Fort Worth, Texas, northeast via Dallas, Texas, and Texarkana, Texas, to Interstate 40 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The route parallels U.S. Route 67 except for the portion west of...

 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 under construction a new interstate corridor Interstate 49
Interstate 49
Interstate 49 is currently an intrastate Interstate Highway located entirely within the state of Louisiana in the southern United States. Its southern terminus is in Lafayette, Louisiana, at Interstate 10 while its northern terminus is in Shreveport, Louisiana, at Interstate 20.-Route...

 which will connect it to Shreveport

Notable natives and residents

  • Lindsey Rayl
    Lindsey Rayl
    Lindsey Grace Rayl is an American actress, singer and songwriter whose work includes film, theatre and music.-Early Life and Career:...

     Actress and singer/songwriter
  • Aysel Teymurzadeh
    Aysel Teymurzadeh
    -Biography:Aysel was born in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, the youngest of the three daughters of a journalist and a university professor. She is a descendant of the nineteenth-century Azerbaijani publicist Hasan bey Zardabi. Her grandmother on her mother's side was half-Russian, half-Ukrainian...

     Famous singer-performer
  • Parnelli Jones
    Parnelli Jones
    Rufus Parnell "Parnelli" Jones , is a retired American racing driver and racecar owner. He is most remembered for his 1963 Indianapolis 500 win, and almost winning the 1967 Indy 500 in a turbine car...

    . Race car driver
  • Miller Barber
    Miller Barber
    Miller Barber is an American professional golfer who enjoyed significant success on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s, and a greater degree of success on the Senior PGA Tour in the 1980s.-Career:...

    , golfer
  • J. B. Bobo, a magician
  • Willie Buchanon
    Willie Buchanon
    Willie James Buchanon is a former cornerback for the National Football League's Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers; he was defensive rookie of the year in 1972 and a three-time Pro Bowl player...

    , American football player
  • David Crowder, musician
  • LaMichael James
    LaMichael James
    LaMichael Keondrae James is a college football running back for the Oregon Ducks football team. The 2010 season was a breakout one for James, as he rushed for 1,682 yards during the regular season, the highest in the nation. He finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy and received the...

    , American NCAA football player for the University of Oregon
    University of Oregon
    -Colleges and schools:The University of Oregon is organized into eight schools and colleges—six professional schools and colleges, an Arts and Sciences College and an Honors College.- School of Architecture and Allied Arts :...

  • Brandon Jones NFL football player for the Baltimore Ravens
    Baltimore Ravens
    The Baltimore Ravens are a professional football franchise based in Baltimore, Maryland.The Baltimore Ravens are officially a quasi-expansion franchise, having originated in 1995 with the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy after Art Modell, then owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced his...

  • Scott Joplin
    Scott Joplin
    Scott Joplin was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions, and was later dubbed "The King of Ragtime". During his brief career, Joplin wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas...

    , musician and composer (founder of Ragtime
    Ragtime is an original musical genre which enjoyed its peak popularity between 1897 and 1918. Its main characteristic trait is its syncopated, or "ragged," rhythm. It began as dance music in the red-light districts of American cities such as St. Louis and New Orleans years before being published...

  • Lance Kennedy
    Lance Kennedy
    Lance Lawrence Kennedy is a philanthropist, politician, political activist, and former voice actor for ABC Radio Disney.-Biography:...

    , philanthropist, political activist, voice actor
  • Joshua Logan
    Joshua Logan
    Joshua Lockwood Logan III was an American stage and film director and writer.-Early years:Logan was born in Texarkana, Texas, the son of Susan and Joshua Lockwood Logan. When he was three years old his father committed suicide...

    , film and stage director
  • Ryan Mallett
    Ryan Mallett
    Ryan Mallett , nicknamed "Big Tex", is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League , taken in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks...

    , football player for the New England Patriots
    New England Patriots
    The New England Patriots, commonly called the "Pats", are a professional football team based in the Greater Boston area, playing their home games in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. The team is part of the East Division of the American Football Conference in the National...

     of the National Football League
    National Football League
    The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

  • Eddie Mathews
    Eddie Mathews
    Edwin Lee "Eddie" Mathews was an American Major League Baseball third baseman. He is regarded as one of the greatest third basemen ever to play the game.-Early life:...

    , baseball player
  • Dustin Moseley
    Dustin Moseley
    Dustin Aaron Moseley is an American Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres.-Career:Moseley was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft. Prior to the season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the fourth best prospect in the...

    , American Baseball Player
  • Craig Monroe
    Craig Monroe
    Craig Keystone Monroe , nicknamed "C-Mo," is a Major League Baseball outfielder who most recently played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.-Professional career:...

    , baseball player
  • Mac Morgan
    Mac Morgan
    Mac Morgan was an American bass-baritone who had an active performance career in concerts and operas from the early 1940s until the mid 1970s. The Boston Globe described him as a singer "known for his rich tone and enviable diction"...

    , opera singer
  • Ross Perot
    Ross Perot
    Henry Ross Perot is a U.S. businessman best known for running for President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. Perot founded Electronic Data Systems in 1962, sold the company to General Motors in 1984, and founded Perot Systems in 1988...

    , businessman and politician
  • Charles B. Pierce
    Charles B. Pierce
    Charles B. Pierce was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, set decorator, cinematographer and actor, and is considered one of the first independent filmmakers...

    , movie producer
  • Molly C. Quinn
    Molly C. Quinn
    Molly Caitlyn Quinn is an American actress whose works have included theatre, film, and television.-Life and career:Quinn is of Irish descent and was born in Texarkana, Texas. She began taking weekly acting lessons from retired director and producer Martin Beck after performing in her community's...

    , actress
  • James Theodore Richmond
    James Theodore Richmond
    James Theodore Richmond also known as "Twilight Ted". was a U.S. writer, conservationist, non-denominational preacher, and noted librarian.-Background:...

    , writer and conservationist
  • Bill Rogers
    Bill Rogers (golfer)
    William Charles Rogers is an American professional golfer who is best known as the winner of the 1981 Open Championship....

    , golfer
  • Michael Jarboe Sheehan
    Michael Jarboe Sheehan
    Michael Jarboe Sheehan is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the eleventh and current Archbishop of Santa Fe, having previously served as Bishop of Lubbock from 1983 to 1993.-Early life and ministry:...

    , Archbishop of Santa Fe
  • Marshall Terrill
    Marshall Terrill
    Marshall Terrill is an American author and journalist. He is noted for biographies on Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, and Pete Maravich.- Early years: 1963-1982:...

    , best-selling author
  • Jeremiah Trotter
    Jeremiah Trotter
    Jeremiah Trotter is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stephen F...

    , American football player
  • Nathan Vasher
    Nathan Vasher
    Nathaniel DeWayne Vasher is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft...

    , American football player for the San Diego Chargers
    San Diego Chargers
    The San Diego Chargers are a professional American football team based in San Diego, California. they were members of the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League...

  • Otis Williams
    Otis Williams
    Otis Williams is an American baritone singer. Nicknamed "Big Daddy", he has also acted as a sporadic songwriter and record producer. Williams co-founded the Motown vocal group The Temptations in early 1960 as The Elgins, a group in which he continues to perform...

    , musician, founding member of The Temptations
    The Temptations
    The Temptations is an American vocal group having achieved fame as one of the most successful acts to record for Motown Records. The group's repertoire has included, at various times during its five-decade career, R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul, and adult contemporary music.Formed in Detroit,...

  • Drew Stubbs
    Drew Stubbs
    Andrew Robert "Drew" Stubbs is an American Major League Baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. He plays center field.-Before professional baseball:...

    , MLB baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds
    Cincinnati Reds
    The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are members of the National League Central Division. The club was established in 1882 as a charter member of the American Association and joined the National League in 1890....

  • Jesse Belvin
    Jesse Belvin
    Jesse Lorenzo Belvin was an American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter popular in the 1950s, whose success was cut short by his death in a car crash aged 27.-Career:...

    , singer, pianist and songwriter popular in the 1950s
  • Jeff Keith
    Jeff Keith
    Jeffery Lynn Keith is an American musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Tesla. He was also the lead singer for the band Bar 7 and Sofaking....

    , lead singer of rock band, Tesla
    Tesla (band)
    Tesla is an American hard rock band formed in Sacramento, California in 1984. They have sold 14 million albums in the United States.-Formation and Mechanical Resonance :...

  • Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino
    Marjorie Scardino
    Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino, DBE, FRSA is the CEO of Pearson PLC. She became the first female Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company when she was appointed CEO of Pearson in 1997...

    , Pulitzer Prize
    Pulitzer Prize
    The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

     winning publisher and CEO of Pearson PLC
    Pearson PLC
    Pearson plc is a global media and education company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is both the largest education company and the largest book publisher in the world, with consumer imprints including Penguin, Dorling Kindersley and Ladybird...

  • Slade Heathcott, New York Yankees
    New York Yankees
    The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the The Bronx, New York. They compete in Major League Baseball in the American League's East Division...

     2009 1st round draft choice


  • 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
    Out of Time (album)
    Out of Time is the seventh album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on Warner Bros. Records in 1991. With Out of Time R.E.M.'s status grew from that of a cult band to a massive international act. The record topped the album sales charts in both the U.S...

  • The city is also referenced to in the song Cotton Fields
    Cotton Fields
    "Cotton Fields" is a song written by blues musician Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly who made the first recording of the song in 1940.-Early versions:...

     by the American folk and blues musician Lead Belly and later recorded by several notable country rock artists including The Highwaymen
    The Highwaymen (folk band)
    The Highwaymen were a circa 1960 "collegiate folk" group, which originated at Wesleyan University and had a Billboard number-one hit in 1961 with "Michael" and another Top 20 hit in 1962 with "Cottonfields"...

    , The Beach Boys
    The Beach Boys
    The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California. The group was initially composed of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. Managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, The Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in 1962...

     and Credence Clearwater Revival.
  • The song 'East Bound and Down' by Jerry Reed which was the theme for 'Smokey and the Bandit' references Texarkana, with the lyric 'The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there's beer in Texarkana.'

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