This month’s issue of Texarkana Monthly is a sentimental look into the history of Texarkana. These twin cities have been deeply enriched by so many people with fascinating stories, traditions, and resources. We are taking the opportunity this holiday season to reflect on where we came from, who we are, and where we are going. So much of our incredible past is completely unknown to most of the community, but it’s a history that is worth knowing and passing on to the next generation of Texarkana residents.
In the 1890s the U.S. Congress made the mailing of “penny” post cards legal. Their use became an instant success—specifically among business and vacation travelers on railroads all over the nation. These postcards were very slow, but they were an economical means of communicating. Basically, it was a penny for the card and a penny for the stamp. In a week or two, the kinfolks in Chicago could get word on their family traveling to Waco, or the Texarkana businessman could send a note to a client in St.
“The Grove is a family. That is what sets us apart from a lot of schools.” … And that family has been extremely successful, winning two University Interscholastic League (UIL) Texas State Football Championships in the past three years. This year, the Hawks are state ranked and well on their way to making a fourth consecutive trip to AT&T Stadium for the UIL State Title game.
Six Things You Should Do in Texarkana During the Month of December! … We’re headed towards winter, which officially begins December 21, and we’re inching closer and closer to the handful of holidays we get to (or HAVE to, and we’re dreading it) spend with our family. I know that I’m kind of looking forward to spending some extra quality time with the people I’ve been told to socially distance from all year! That doesn’t mean that all the family squabbling at the dinner table will subside, but this year we might actually enjoy the chance to disagree, as long as we’re together.
Christmas 2020—YAY or YIKES? … Whew! What a year it has been, to say the least… and I mean the very least. Pandemic. Economic shut down. School shut down. Church shut down. Quarantining with our people. Masks. Stage one opening. Stage two opening. Back to stage one opening. School re-opening with a virtual option. The election of the century. Good night! I’ve never seen anything like it! It makes me wonder, can something as regular as celebrating Christmas be a valid option this year? … Well, my friends, I’m just going to go ahead and claim Christmas as a YES!
This historic English Brick Tudor home was built in 1935. The architect, Lambert DeKoning, also built St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Texarkana in 1922. The home’s current owners, Summer and Cory Floyd, were a wealth of knowledge about the rich history of their beautiful home and were happy to share it with us. … The main house on this property is 3,200 square feet and has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. This property also includes a one bedroom, one bath, fully equipped carriage house.
Molly Quinn is a Texarkana native who may be best known for her role as Alexis Castle, the daughter of the lead in the television series Castle, which was part of the ABC line up from 2009 to 2016. Getting her start on the stage of the Perot Theatre while performing in the Nutcracker, she caught the attention of director Martin Beck and the two paired up to launch Molly’s acting career.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as before the internet. There is such a thing as before Walmart. That “before” in my hometown of Atlanta, Texas, was and is Price Hardware. It’s a store in the old part of town; you know, the part of town unknown to travelers that pass through on US Highway 59. For seventy-four years, Price Hardware has been a staple in this small Texas town. It’s a place to buy nuts, bolts, garden hoses, and sandpaper. It’s also the place to have spare keys made: many, many spare keys. I refuse to point fingers on that one.
Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation … … 8500 North Kings Highway … Texarkana, TX 75503 … MISSION … The Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for excellence in education, promote innovation in teaching, and partner with the community to enhance the quality of education for all students. … PURPOSE … The Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation will support educational excellence to enhance student achievement, to recognize exemplary staff involvement and to foster community support and involvement.