Marshall Texas

Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall, TexasHarrison 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.

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.

 

East Texas Hotels & Lodging listed by city ... click for details

 

The city also offers a range of bed & breakfasts, including Rosemont Cottage, Roseville, Pond House at Triple Creek Ranch, Three Oaks, and Wisteria Garden.

2021 Marshall Wonderland of Lights Festival

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.

Marshall Texas Wonderland of Lights
Harrison County Courthouse during the Wonderland of Lights

The annual festival is scheduled for Wednesday November 24 through December 23, 2021. It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 25).

This season’s hours will be 6pm-10pm. Thursday through Saturday and 4pm-9pm on Sundays. 

Mondays are set aside for maintenance. And Tuesdays and Wednesdays are reserved for private rentals with the exception of Dec. 21-23; the venue will be open to the public on those dates.

Special events this season will include 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 will remain up until the beginning of January 2022.

The lighted Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, from 6pm to 9pm.

Details about the Wonderland of Lights ... from the official City of Marshall website

Wonderland of Lights on Facebook

 

Welcome to Marshall ... and to the Wonderland of Lights!

Welcome to Marshall ... and to the Wonderland of Lights!

 

Wonderland of Lights in Marshall Texas

 

 

Other Marshall Tourist Attractions and Things to Do

Marshall, Texas - Texas & Pacific (T&P) Railway Station, November 2011

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.

Other popular attractions in Marshall include:

  • Michelson Museum of Art which showcases the work of Russian-American artist Leo Michelson. Located at 216 North Bolivar Street.
  • Starr Family Home State Historic Park at 407 West Travis Street.
  • Harrison County Historical Museum
  • 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 collectables as well as the Cenral Perks restaurant. Visit the Weisman at 211 N. Washington Avenue.
  • Visual Arts Center where visitors can watch artists practice their crafts, and shop for paintings.
  • The Ginocchio Hotel, 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.

Marshall Dining and Restaurant Options

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.

Read More About East Texas about the 70 restaurants in Marshall at TripAdvisor

Texas & Pacific Railway Depot and Museum

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.

Texas Eagle at Marshall Texas Depot Texas Eagle at Marshall Depot (Photo by Bill Pollard)

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

Marshall, Texas - Texas & Pacific (T&P) Railway Depot, circa 1970 (Staff Photo)
Marshall, Texas - Texas & Pacific (T&P) Railway Station, circa 1970

 

The Texas and Pacific Railway ... Texarkana, Shreveport, El Paso, New Orleans

Historical Marker about the Texas & Pacific (T&P) Depot in Marshall Texas
Historical Marker about the Texas & Pacific (T&P) Depot in Marshall Texas ... Marshall's first railroad was conceived as a connection to Red River steamboat traffic. Twenty miles of track were laid northeast to Swanson's Landing on Caddo Lake by 1858. In 1871, the U. S. Congress authorized the Texas & Pacific Railway Company to build a transcontinental railroad, which would run along the 32nd parallel from Marshall to the West Coast. Two years later, the T&P moved its maintenance shops to Marshall. A new passenger depot was built here at the junction of the Texarkana and Louisiana lines in 1911-12, where it was positioned to serve both routes. To complement the nearby Ginocchio Hotel and huge Texas & Pacific shop complex, and visually to terminate Washington Street from the Courthouse. The railroad's architect was influenced by the popular prairie school and combined abstracted renaissance and Mediterranean details on the brick and concrete structure. Prominent features include a tile roof and wood and plaster accents. A pedestrian tunnel was added for safety in 1940. The Texas & Pacific depot remains an important symbol of Marshall's relationship to the railroad, once its major employer and transportation source. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1985

Texas & Pacific Railway Shops, Marshall, Texas
Texas & Pacific Railway Shops, Marshall, Texas

Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall, Texas (Photo by JSS3)
Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall, Texas


Map of Marshall Texas (courtesy of Google Maps)


Map of Showing the Location of Marshall in East Texas

Map of Deep East Texas Showing Location of Marshall

Additional Resources and Information about Marshall

For more information on Marshall, we recommend a visit to ...

City of Marshall

Marshall News-Messenger

Harrison County

Texas & Pacific Depot and Railway Museum

T&P Railfans Site

Side Trip from Marshall to Nearby Jefferson, Karnack, Uncertain and Caddo Lake

While visiting Marshall, we consider the short drive north to nearby Jefferson, Karnack, Uncertain and Caddo Lake.

The Golden Era ... in Jefferson Texas
The Golden Era ... in Jefferson Texas

 

Uncertain Texas - on the moss-draped cypress shores of Caddo Lake near Karnack
Travel north from Marshall on Texas Highway 43 about 16 miles to the junction with FM2198 with signs to Caddo Lake State Park. Uncertain is 5 miles past the park entrance

Uncertain Texas - on the moss-draped cypress shores of Caddo Lake near Karnack

Earlier Views of Marshall in the Texas Vintage Postcard Collection

Street Scene, Marshall, Texas, early 20th Century
Street Scene, Marshall, Texas, early 20th Century
City Hall, Marshall, Texas
Historic postcard of City Hall, Marshall, Texas
Marshall Baptist College, Marshall, Texas
Marshall Baptist College, Marshall, Texas
Administration Building, College of Marshall, Texas
Administration Building, College of Marshall, Texas
Post Office, Marshall, Texas
Post Office, Marshall, Texas
Wiley College, Marshall, Texas
Wiley College, Marshall, Texas
Wiley College, Marshall, Texas
Wiley College, Marshall, Texas
Harrison County Court House, Marshall, Texas
Harrison County Court House, Marshall, Texas

Texas Vintage Postcards for Sale

Texas vintage picture postcards for sale

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Bath House and Lake View, Marshall Country Club
Bath House and Lake View, Marshall Country Club, Marshall, Texas
Bel-Air Motel, Marshall, Texas
Bel-Air Motel, Marshall, Texas
Longhorn Motel, Marshall, Texas
Longhorn Motel, Marshall, Texas
Burnett Motel, 33 Units, 14 Garages, Marshall, TX
Burnett Motel, 33 Units, 14 Garages, Marshall, Texas
Henderson Motel, Pinecrest Drive East, Marshall
Henderson Motel, Pinecrest Drive East, Marshall, Texas
The Gables Restaurant, Marshall, Texas
The Gables Restaurant, Marshall, Texas

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