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Atlanta, Texas

Atlanta was established in 1872 with the building of the Texas and Pacific Railroad. Capt. P.R. Scott donated 10 acres to the railroad for the location of the new Atlanta, named for the Georgia home of many early settlers. The area served as a gateway for early settlers of Texas, as pioneers from Missouri and Arkansas crossed the Red and Sulphur rivers on ferries. Also, sites of prehistoric Caddo Indian Villages have been noted in the region.

Visitors can tour the historic downtown plaza, the Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot and Museum, the Veterans Memorial Plaza, or the Atlanta library's genealogical section which is rich in information. Three city parks are open daily for picnics and recreation and include baseball/softball fields, hiking paths, and more.

Fishing, hunting and birdwatching opportunities abound in the areas on and around nearby Lake Wright Patman, Caddo lake, and Lake O' The Pines.

Area annual events include the Wildflower Trails in April, Bluegrass Festivals in June and October, the Forest festival in August, and the Cullen Baker Fair on the first Saturday in November.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Atlanta, TX

Regional Arts Center

Housed in former U.S. District Courthouse built in 1909 featuring ornate plaster, copper cage elevator, and 26-ft. ceiling in...

Wolf Creek Park

Fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, and hiking, all available in wooded park on beautiful Lake Livingston. Campsites for RVs ...

Hallsville Raceway

NHRA championship drag racing. Features the NHRA Winston Championship each April. For schedule and information, call. ...

Martin Creek Lake Fishing

Martin Creek Lake has standing timber, several creek channels, some lily pads and plenty of shore line structure. Catfishing...

Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store

Features more than 250 specimens of animals, reptiles, and fish from Africa and North America. The Country Store depicts what...