Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall, Texas
Marshall, the county seat of Harrison County, Texas, has a population of about 23,000 residents as of the 2020 Federal Census.
It is located on Interstate Highway I-20, U.S. 59, and Historic U.S. Highway 80, about 150 miles east of Dallas, and about 40 miles west of Shreveport.
Its economy is strong and diverse, and the oil and gas industry continues to play a major role in economic development.
Area communities include Kilgore, Gladewater, Mineola, Longview, Grand Saline, Mt. Pleasant, and Henderson.
We've been visiting Marshall for literally decades, and always enjoy our time there!
Founded in 1841, Marshall is a major city in the East Texas economy, and a large supporter of the arts community and historical preservation. It is often called the "Cultural Capital of East Texas".
Today, Marshall has more than 100 historical markers and medallions, such as the T&P Depot marker (see below), with several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many of Marshall's Victorian homes have been restored, and several function as B&Bs. Also fully restored is the Harrison County Courthouse.
Harrison County Courthouse during the Wonderland of Lights
Marshall is well known for its "Wonderland of Lights," one of the largest light festivals in the country when lit during the Christmas season. It is the original and largest Christmas festival in Texas, first started in 1987.
The annual festival is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.
Special events included the traditional lighting ceremony, the annual lighted Christmas parade, the Wassail Walk and an opportunity to catch a showing of “The Grinch” at the newly renovated Memorial City Hall.
As for the lights that adorn Marshall’s downtown area, they typically remain up until around New Years Day.
Details about the Wonderland of Lights 2023 ... from the official City of Marshall website
Walk through a half-mile of light displays, 45-foot Christmas tree, pictures with Santa, live music, gingerbread house, 10,000 sqft light maze, food trucks, and more! It is located at 600 Martin Lake Road in Marshall.
Scenes at Piney Park
Michelson Museum of Art
The Michelson Museum of Art was established after Janine Michelson of New York City and Paris, France, widow of artist Leo Michelson, selected Marshall, Texas, as the permanent home for her husband’s work.
In January 1985, a group of dedicated Marshallites visited Mrs. Michelson in New York and accepted her gift of the collection, consisting of more than 1,000 works of art created by Mr. Michelson. After fundraising and finding a suitable temporary location, the museum opened in May 1985.
In April 1990, the museum moved to its present location on the first floor of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building in downtown Marshall. A local architectural firm adapted the space that now includes three exhibit galleries, an 80-person auditorium, classroom, family Discovery Room, offices, kitchen, and work areas with both permanent and temporary storage. The museum has a total of 12,000 square feet with 750-850 linear feet in gallery exhibition areas and is completely wheelchair accessible.
The Harrison County Historical Museum offers two locations in downtown Marshall. Visit and experience Harrison County’s rich history and culture through the decades. The museum features interactive materials for all ages, including kids.
The museum's 1901 Courthouse Galleries are located at 1 Peter Whestone Square, and the Memorial City Hall Galleries at 110 East Houston.
Starr Family Home State Historic Park
James Starr was instrumental in the design of the city of Austin. He designed the layout of the streets and the placement of the Capitol.
The Starr Family Home has an extensive collection of vintage clothing from the 1800s, including Clara Starr’s mother’s (Sarah Fry Clapp) formal gown. Nestled in the heart of Marshall’s museums and cultural activities, Starr Family Home State Historic Site is composed of several elegant structures that map the 150-year history of the Starr family in Texas. Period furnishings, clothing, and antiques trace the transition of the buildings through four generations of the Starr family in Texas history.
The historic site opened to the public in 1986, and is located at 07 West Travis Street. Phone 903.935.3044
The Ginocchio, across from the T&P railroad station, is an 1896 vintage railroad eating house from the era when trains stopped every few hours for meals. The Ginocchio is a restaurant and bar with a simple mission - provide the highest quality food, beverage, and service in a truly historic and unique setting. Dine in its elegant dining room, historic bar area, or outside on the trackside patio!
It is located at 707 N. Washington Street. Phone 903.927.1400
The Weisman is a one-of-a-kind marketplace on three floors, located in the Washington Square District of downtown Marshall. It offers a unique selection of antiques, art, jewelry, gifts and collectibles as well as the Central Perks restaurant.
Visit the Weisman at 211 N. Washington Avenue. Phone 903.934.8836
The historic Texas & Pacific (T&P) Railway depot and museum (see photos below) is a major tourist attraction in Marshall, as are many other historical sites that showcase Marshall's long and varied history.
Located at 800 N. Washington Street, this ornate two-story brick station, once a major interchange point and division office for the T&P, has been restored to its former grandeur.
Marshall was the site for a major locomotive and car repair shop operated by the T&P. Marshall's impressive passenger depot, constructed in 1912, was once scheduled for demolition, but a determined effort by the City of Marshall preserved the building for future generations.
The T&P rail shops closed in the 1960s, and T&P passenger service ceased in 1970.
Today, Marshall has access to passenger service via Amtrak's Texas Eagle.
The historic marker at the depot (see photo below) documents the history of the T&P in Marshall.
For more information, visit the website of the Texas & Pacific Depot and Railway Museum
||T&P Depot & Railway Museum
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Marshall, Texas - Texas & Pacific (T&P) Railway Depot, circa 1970
|Historical Marker about the Texas & Pacific (T&P) Depot in Marshall Texas
Texas & Pacific Railway Shops, Marshall, Texas
Marshall Hotels and Lodging
Marshall offers nearly 1,000 guest rooms in a number of hotels, motels, and other types of lodging for those visiting the city, including the ones listed below. The city also offers a range of bed & breakfasts, including Rosemont Cottage, Roseville, Pond House at Triple Creek Ranch, Three Oaks, and Wisteria Garden.
Vacation Home Rentals in Marshall
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Many popular restaurants offering a variety of cuisines are available in Marshall. Always favorites are the Blue Frog Grill at 101 W. Austin Street, Central Perks, Jalapeno Tree, Cafe Italia, Fuglar's Grocery & Market, El Chico's, Applebee's and many more.
For more information on Marshall, we recommend a visit to ...
Texas & Pacific Depot and Railway Museum
While visiting Marshall, consider the short drive north to nearby Jefferson, Karnack, Uncertain and Caddo Lake.
|Mural in downtown Jefferson Texas
... "The Golden Era" (staff photo)
|Uncertain Texas ... close to Marshall
and Caddo Lake (staff photo)
|Street Scene, Marshall, early 20th Century
||Marshall Baptist College
|College of Marshall, Texas
||Post Office, Marshall, Texas
||Wiley College, Marshall, Texas
|Harrison County Court House
||Bath House Marshall Country Club
|Henderson Motel, Pinecrest Drive East
||The Gables Restaurant,
||Burnett Motel, 33 Units, 14 Garages