Imagine a post office and courthouse building so crazy that it actually has two separate zip codes. Even more, that sits in two different states!
But that is exactly the case at the Texarkana U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse in Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Arkansas.
The building is actually built right in the middle of the state line between Texas and Arkansas. And it has been there since 1932 to serve the residents of Texarkana’s two cities.
The cities of Texarkana are certainly unique. Although divided by the state line of Arkansas and Texas, they are one community, but two separate cities.
The Same, But Different
They each have their own city governments, fire departments and city positions – but there is no mistaking the people here think of it as one big community.
The two states are split down the middle on State Line Road. And yes, you guessed it, the double yellow line in the middle of the road is the real state line!
The Craziness Of The Texarkana Post Office & Courthouse
At the end of State Line road sits the Texarkana Post Office and Federal Courthouse. And is it ever a sight to behold!
Outside, on each side of the building, there are unique markers to showcase the split. One one end, a state sign with the state cut-outs for the split. And on the other, a fountain that streams down the exact point of the state line as well.
It even continues inside the building too. The Federal judge’s chair behind the bench is actually bolted to the floor. Why? So he or she can sit with one foot placed equally in each state!
It is actually the 2nd most photographed U.S. courthouse, ranking behind only the U.S. Supreme Courthouse in Washington D.C.
Of course, we had to take advantage of the photo opportunity!
We joked that it is the first time on the trip we’ve been in different zip codes at the same time. And of course, different counties and states as well!
Our trip to the Texarkana Post Office & Courthouse certainly made for one of the more memorable and crazy visits we have had so far. Tomorrow its on to our 18th state, Louisiana!
CURRENT TRIP STATUS TO DATE:
- Day 139 of 365
- States : 17/50
- National Parks / Monuments : 20
- Stayed In : Texarkana, Arkansas
- Miles Driven : 34.9
- Total Trip Miles To Date : 15,492.7
- Total Gallons Used : 1114.6
- Biking Miles : 0.0
- Biking Miles To Date : 158.4
- Hiking Miles : 0.5
- Hiking Miles To Date : 306.9
About Our Living Simple Tour
On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States
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