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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

Stairway to Texas' Stars

Features an extensive exhibit of law enforcement memorabilia from around the world. Badges, uniforms, and more from law enfor...

Depot Museum and Children's Discovery Center

Restored 1901 Missouri Pacific RR depot houses museum of county history in old waiting room and office. Warehouse portion is ...

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

This 16,550-seat outdoor performing arts center, surrounded by lush, green forest, hosts some of Texas' best live performance...

Ezekiel W. Cullen Home

An early judge of the First District Court of Texas, Cullen lived in this large house of Greek Revival style, the entire uppe...