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For centuries, travelers followed El Camino Real de los Tejas, or the Royal Highway, which roughly follows Texas State Highway 21 through Alto. It was blazed by Spaniards in the 1690s with the help of Ais Indian guides who traced their ancestors’ footpaths. Southwest of town, the scenic highway opens onto the spectacular Neches River Valley and the area occupied by Caddo Indians from A.D. 800 to 1300. At the interpretive center of the Texas Historical Commission’s Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, learn how the Caddo worked and lived. A short walking trail leads to ceremonial mounds and a village site. A vibrant mural honoring Scott Joplin, Pulitzer Prize-winning “King of Ragtime Composers” and past resident of Texarkana, marks the heart of this Texas and Arkansas Main Street city’s lively cultural district. Inside the Discovery Place Children’s Museum, fun and learning go hand-in-hand amid such interactive exhibits as a 12-foot musical wall, a post office, and an old-fashioned kitchen. A brick building nearly as old as the city itself houses the renovated Museum of Regional History. Permanent exhibits include the Native American Gallery, Scott Joplin Gallery, and period rooms. The Regional Arts Center, which hosts national touring and juried shows, occupies a former U.S. district courthouse, built in 1909. The grand, ornate structure boasts a 26-foot vaulted ceiling, copper cage elevator, and abundant marble. Nearby, the beautifully restored Perot Theater, built in 1924 as the Saenger Theater, offers exhilarating live performances in a historic setting. Just outside the cultural district is the unique Draughon-Moore Ace of Clubs House. Legend has it a lucky card drawn in a poker game inspired its cloverleaf shape. Inside, its rooms provide a glimpse of Texarkana high society between 1880 and 1940.
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