Downtown Shreveport in August, 2005 at Night
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The Ark-La-Tex (also known as Arklatex, ArkLaTex, or more inclusively Arklatexoma) is a U.S. socio-economic region where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma intersect. The region contains portions of Northwest Louisiana, Northeast Texas, South Arkansas, and the Little Dixie area of Oklahoma.
The region is geographically centered on the Arkansas/Texas stateline at the point of the Federal courthouse and Post Office in downtown Texarkana. Other important cities in the region include Shreveport, in Northwest Louisiana, Marshall in Northeast Texas, and Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Although it is not an official US metropolitan area, it has a total population of 1,043,570. Its largest city is Shreveport, Louisiana with Tyler, Texas in second, Longview, Texas in third, and Texarkana, Texas/Texarkana, Arkansas in fourth.
The area covers roughly 46,500 square miles as it is about 240 miles North to South (Mena, Arkansas in the north to Lufkin, Texas in the south) and about 194 miles East to West (El Dorado Arkansas in the East to Sulphur Springs, Texas to the West).
Most of the region is located in the Piney Woods, an ecoregion of dense forest of mixed deciduous and conifer flora. The forests are periodically punctuated by sloughs and bayous that are linked to larger bodies of water such as Caddo Lake or the Red River.
According to one source, the name "Ark-La-Tex" was first promoted for the region by a Shreveport Chamber of Commerce campaign in 1932-33.
- Culture 1
- TV 2.1
- Radio 2.2
- Largest cities 3.1
- Louisiana 3.2
- Texas 3.3
- Arkansas 3.4
- Oklahoma 3.5
- All communities 3.6
- Famous natives 4
- References 5
The culture of the Ark-La-Tex region, and especially its music, shows a mixture of influences from the related, but distinct, cultures of its surrounding states. The music of the area is marked by country and blues sounds typical of the music of the Southern United States, the Western music of Texas, and the well-documented music of New Orleans and Acadiana in Louisiana. The area had a significant role in the development of country and rock and roll music beginning in the 1940s. On March 1, 1948, Shreveport radio station KWKH launched a country music variety show called the Ark-La-Tex Jubilee, followed a month later by the long-running and influential Louisiana Hayride program. Hayride director Horace Logan and regular performer Webb Pierce started a music publishing company called Ark-La-Tex Music.
Drummer Brian Blade, a Shreveport native, included a song entitled "Ark.La.Tex." on his 2014 album Landmarks, exploring the mixture of musical influences in his home region.
KTRE - Lufkin (ABC affiliate)
KTAL - Shreveport (NBC affiliate)
KMSS - Shreveport (Fox affiliate)
KSLA - Shreveport (CBS affiliate)
KTBS - Shreveport (ABC affiliate)
KTVE - El Dorado (NBC affiliate)
List of cities over 2,500 people:
|Arcadia, Louisiana||Bienville Parish||2,919|
|Blanchard, Louisiana||Caddo Parish||2,899|
|Bossier City, Louisiana||Bossier Parish||62,745|
|Eastwood, Louisiana||Bossier Parish||4,093|
|Fairview Alpha, Louisiana||Natchitoches Parish, Red River Parish||5,000|
|Grambling, Louisiana||Lincoln Parish||4,949|
|Greenwood, Louisiana||Caddo Parish||3,219|
|Haughton, Louisiana||Bossier Parish||3,454|
|Homer, Louisiana||Claiborne Parish||3,237|
|Jonesboro, Louisiana||Jackson Parish||4,704|
|Mansfield, Louisiana||DeSoto Parish||5,001|
|Many, Louisiana||Sabine Parish||2,853|
|Minden, Louisiana||Webster Parish||13,082|
|Natchitoches, Louisiana||Natchitoches Parish||18,323|
|Red Chute, Louisiana||Bossier Parish||6,261|
|Ruston, Louisiana||Lincoln Parish||21,859|
|Shreveport, Louisiana||Caddo Parish, Bossier Parish||200,975|
|Springhill, Louisiana||Webster Parish||5,279|
|Vivian, Louisiana||Caddo Parish||3,671|
|Winnfield, Louisiana||Winn Parish||4,840|
|Arkadelphia, Arkansas||Clark County||10,714|
|Ashdown, Arkansas||Little River County||4,723|
|Camden, Arkansas||Ouachita County||12,183|
|De Queen, Arkansas||Sevier County||6,629|
|El Dorado, Arkansas||Union County||18,491|
|Hope, Arkansas||Hempstead County||17,264|
|Magnolia, Arkansas||Columbia County||11,577|
|Mena, Arkansas||Polk County||5,737|
|Nashville, Arkansas||Howard County||4,627|
|Prescott, Arkansas||Nevada County||3,868|
|Texarkana, Arkansas||Miller County||29,919|
|Broken Bow, Oklahoma||McCurtain County||4,120|
|Hugo, Oklahoma||Choctaw County||5,310|
|Idabel, Oklahoma||McCurtain County||7,010|
- Bonnye E. Stuart, Louisiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Globe Pequot, 2012), ISBN 978-0762769773, pp. 5-7. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- See generally Kip Lornell and Tracey E. W. Laird, eds., Shreveport Sounds in Black and White (University Press of Mississippi, 2008), ISBN 978-1934110423, and in particular the introductory section entitled "The 'Ark-La-Tex' and Music Research" at pp. xii-xvii. Excerpts available at Google Books; other excerpts also available at Amazon.com here.
- Tracey E. W. Laird, Louisiana Hayride : Radio and Roots Music along the Red River: Radio and Roots Music along the Red River (Oxford University Press, 2004), ISBN 978-0195347180, p. 6. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- "Webb Pierce" in Michael Erlewine, ed., All Music Guide to Country: The Experts' Guide to the Best Recordings in Country Music ( Hal Leonard Corporation, 1997), ISBN 978-0879304751, p. 364. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- "KWKH Maps Big Build-Up on Hillbillies", Billboard, August 30, 1952, p. 19.
- "Brian Blade Finds A 'Landmark' In His Shreveport Roots", Weekend Edition, April 27, 2014.("... my depiction musically of this region where we live, you know, where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet here at the northwestern corner of Louisiana. I guess in terms of the structure of the song - these sort of three different moods - it unfolds in this very small way - these seeds. Then all of a sudden, you cross a line and the landscape changes immediately.")