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Texarkana—One City, Two States

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When winter lingers in the northern part of the US, I like to head south for a bit of county collecting. Such was the case in mid-February when my travels took me to northwest Louisiana and southwest Arkansas, with a little foray into Texas for good measure.

My goal for this trip was to finish off the final parishes in Louisiana. In case anyone is wondering, Louisiana does not have counties. The governmental division below the state level and above the municipal (city) level is called a parish and serves the same function as counties elsewhere in the United States. The trip started with a Saturday morning flight to ATL connecting on to MLU. I ended up choosing Monroe, LA because the combination of fare and schedule worked out better than Shreveport or Texarkana. From there it took most of the afternoon to cover a couple hundred miles and half a dozen parishes/counties in Louisiana and Arkansas before arriving in Texarkana.

Perhaps the most curious fact about Texarkana is that the United States Courthouse and Post Office, located on State Line Avenue, is the only federal building in the country sited in two states. The state line bisects the building and runs right down the middle of State Line Avenue both north and south of the courthouse. Normally I don’t photograph federal courthouses, only county ones, but this time I didn’t mind making an exception.
Throughout the weekend journey, there was ample evidence of recent heavy rainfall. Only once did I have to reroute due to road closures due to flooding. Here’s a city park in Camden, AR where the Ouachita River overflowed its banks.
When I’m on the road, I always seem to find something odd or unusual. This trip was no exception. While driving through the town of Gurdon, I spied this strange monument dedicated to the creation of the International Concatenated Order of Hoo Hoo. After a little research, I learned the order was founded in Gurdon, AR in 1892 as a fraternal society of lumbermen. The order is still going and membership is open to people 18 and up who are of good moral character and engaged in the forestry industry.” You learn something new every day.
Over the course of the trip, I covered just shy of 1300 miles and visited 21 county/parish seats. I was able to complete the state of Louisiana, which was a primary goal of this visit. Although I did cross over into Texas, I did not make it to any county seats. Interestingly, Texarkana may be the largest city in Bowie County, but it is not the county seat. For that reason, I’m not including Texas in the before and after maps this time. Still, 21 new counties are marked blue (completed) from this trip, bringing the number remaining below 600 (599 to be exact).
At the moment I’m uncertain where my next county trip will be. I plan to visit Washington (state) in June, though depending on what travel restrictions are in place at the time, that is still questionable. Wherever I go, whenever I go, and whatever I find along the way, you can read about it here.

Until then…

Happy Travels

Posted by countycollector 11:58 Archived in USA Tagged arkansas louisiana county_collecting texarkana

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Good stuff my friend, always enjoy reading your collecting pieces. Thanks for putting this together....again! :)



by VerySuiteBoy

Happy travels <sigh> Hoping we get there again in the not too distant future. Right now simply looking forward to a long weekend in the white mountains self quarantining! Cheers Brian and thanks for the optomism.

by MsAnnMcD

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