Ever wonder what goes into naming a city? We took a look around to find out the backstory to some of our cities names here in the Ark-La-Tex. Enjoy these quick little looks into our history.
Texarkana – Technically the younger of the two cities, the name Texarkana combines parts of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. You can find the area’s airport and train station on the Arkansas side. One of the cities most famous persons was musician Scott Joplin.
Lewisville – Named for one of the first settlers in Lafayette County, Lewis B. Fort, according to Wikipedia. It is the third smallest county seat in the state and the second largest city in the county.
Shreveport – Named after Captain Henry Miller Shreve, it had the name Shreve Town until 1839. A statue of Captain Shreve can be seen in front of Riverview Hall in downtown.
Arcadia – According to the city’s website, the settlement started in the 1820’s. Arcadia means “beautiful hills.” Today the town is the Parish seat of Bienville. Out of all of the cities in Louisiana, Arcadia sits above them all, literally. 385 feet above sea level.
Center – It’s not the center of Texas; it’s the center of Shelby County. Originally known as White Cottage but when the county seat was moved from nearby Shelbyville, the village became Center. The city is famous for its What-a-Melon Festival and Poultry Festival.
Atlanta – As one might suspect, Atlanta, Texas got started with a number of settlers from Atlanta, Georgia in the 1870’s. It’s the largest city population wise in Cass County. Visit the nearby Atlanta State Park for some recreation.
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