|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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to Marshall ... and to the Wonderland of Lights!
Other Marshall Tourist Attractions and Things to Do
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.
|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 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
|Historical Marker about the Texas & Pacific (T&P) Depot in Marshall Texas
Texas & Pacific Railway Shops, Marshall, Texas
Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall, Texas (Photo by JSS3)
Map of Marshall Texas (courtesy of Google Maps)
Map of Showing the Location of Marshall in East Texas
Additional Resources and Information about Marshall
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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
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
Earlier Views of Marshall in the Texas Vintage Postcard Collection
|Street Scene, Marshall, Texas, early 20th Century
|Marshall Baptist College, Marshall, Texas
||Administration Building, College of Marshall, Texas
|Post Office, Marshall, Texas
||Wiley College, Marshall, Texas
||Harrison County Court House, Marshall, Texas
|Bath House and Lake View, Marshall Country Club
||Burnett Motel, 33 Units, 14 Garages, Marshall, TX
|Henderson Motel, Pinecrest Drive East, Marshall
||The Gables Restaurant,