Bet You Didn’t Know These Places Ever Existed in Texarkana
Texarkana is my hometown born and raised here. There's certainly a lot of history and memories that I can remember. Over the past couple of months, I have done a series on places you may remember from Texarkana's past. But in this one, we're going way back before I was even born for something called "Bet You didn't know these places ever existed in Texarkana."
1909 Post Pipe Company
If not mistaken, not only did they make pipe here but they also made bricks to be shipped all around the world. This place was already gone when I was growing up here but the only thing I remember is the huge smokestacks that were still standing for the longest.
Texarkana 1911 Cotton Market
Cotton was vibrant in this area during that time and the 1911 Cotton Market was located just off East Broad Street. It almost looks like where Front Street Plaza is now.
Rosehill Trolley 1900s
In the early 1900s, Texarkana was bustling with its own trolley system and for the longest time growing up here, I can remember some rail tracks still visible on some streets. This trolley actually ran straight down County Avenue. If there's one thing Texarkana could bring back to downtown this would be the one.
Texarkana USA Humble Esso
I sure didn't know about this. That Texarkana used to have a Humble Esso Texaco gas station downtown near the post office.
Texarkana Ark-Tex Courthouse
This was one beautiful building that should have been preserved, very artistic, especially with the steeple clock.
Bell's Tourist Camp
This was definitely a stopover for tourists passing through with a grocery, restaurant, and, dining. Back then the price was only $1.00 to stay in one of the cottages and if you wanted a hot bath $2.00.
Sacred Heart Church
Everybody knows about St. Edwards Church as being one of several old churches in Texarkana, but did you know that the original Sacred Heart Church was located downtown? This church was still around when I was born because I have a picture of my mother holding me as a baby in front of the church. Notice the rectory next door.
Texarkana National Building
Finally, thankfully this building is still here and I am happy that this is being restored to its original facade, the way it looked in its glory days. If you haven't been downtown recently go see this building. Just my opinion, but do you know what would make this complete? Putting in some of the globe lamposts like in the picture.
Things may have changed over the years in Texarkana but history will always remain.