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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

Caldwell Zoo

Started in 1938 as backyard menagerie; now features more than 2,000 endangered and beautiful wildlife from Africa, North Amer...

Houstan County Lake Camping/Parks

Crockett Family Resort From Loop 304 on the northwest side of Crockett, take FM 229 approximately 7 miles west, and turn r...

Sabine National Forest

Nearest entrance 11 miles SE on Texas 87....

Old Rusk Penitentiary Bldg.

Central administration building of present Rusk State Hospital built as main building of former Rusk State Prison, 1878. Iron...

River Plantation Country Club -Biloxi/Charleston

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...