The Ark-La-Tex region (a portmanteau of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas; also stylized as Arklatex, ArkLaTex, or more inclusively Arklatexoma) is a U.S. socio-economic region where the 4 Southern states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma abut. The region contains portions of Northwest Louisiana, Northeast Texas, South Arkansas, and the Little Dixie area of Oklahoma. The largest city and center of the region is Shreveport, Louisiana. Other major cities in the Ark-La-Tex include Tyler, Texas, Longview, Texas, Marshall, Texas, and Texarkana.
Most of the Ark-La-Tex is located in the Piney Woods, an ecoregion of dense forests 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. The Ark-La-Tex covers roughly 46,500 square miles (120,000 km2) with an estimated 2010 population of 1,043,570.
Downtown Shreveport, Louisiana in 2014
Downtown Tyler, Texas skyline in 2012
Broad Street Texarkana, Arkansas in 2016
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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.
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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.
Arcadia is a town in and the parish seat of Bienville Parish in north Louisiana, United States. The population was 2,919 at the 2010 census. Arcadia has the highest elevation of any town in Louisiana.Chopin, Louisiana
Chopin (also recorded as Chotin) is an unincorporated community in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is located approximately 19 miles (31 km) southeast of Natchitoches, and Interstate 49 (exit 113) intersects Louisiana Highway 490 near this community. It was likely named after an early French colonial settler.
The community is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area.Conn, Louisiana
Conn is an unincorporated community in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States.Derry, Louisiana
Derry is an unincorporated community in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States, located on Louisiana Highway 1.
It is the closest town to Magnolia Plantation, a National Historic Landmark.
There is an abandoned school adjacent to the St. Matthew Baptist Church off Louisiana Highway 119 near Derry.Fairview Alpha, Louisiana
Fairview Alpha is a populated place in Natchitoches and Red River parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. At one time, it was known as Messick and Alpha.Forbing, Louisiana
Forbing is an unincorporated community in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States.
It is part of the Shreveport–Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.Grambling, Louisiana
Grambling is a city in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 4,693 at the 2000 census. The city is home to Grambling State University and is part of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Grambling was designated a "City" in the early 1990s (either in 1992 or 1993), but was erroneously considered a "Town" during the 2000 census.KVMA-FM
KVMA-FM (102.9 FM) is an urban adult contemporary formatted radio station based in Shreveport, Louisiana, and serving the "Ark-La-Tex" region. Broadcasting on 102.9 FM, KVMA-FM is owned by Cumulus Media and is headquartered at the Louisiana Boardwalk shopping center in Bossier City, Louisiana.
KVMA-FM was purchased in 2004 from Magnolia, Arkansas and relocated to the Shreveport Market on 107.9 MHz with Cumulus Broadcasting. In 2005, a short discussion between the FCC, Barksdale Air Force Base and Cumulus Broadcasting over the interference of 107.9 and the B52 Aircraft, the FCC shut down the 107.9 frequency forever in the Shreveport/Bossier area. Cumulus Broadcasting shutdown KVMA-FM and relocated its format to 102.9 one evening and temporarily shutdown KBED-FM (Mix 102.9 FM). KVMA-FM picked up the syndication rights to the Tom Joyner Morning Show. It is also the home of The Michael Baisden Show in the afternoons, and The Sweat Hotel at nights. KBED-FM is now KQHN-FM and was relicensed to 97.3 and serves the Ark-La-Tex area.
KVMA-FM transmit facilities are located near Downtown Shreveport on a Landmark non supported structure nicknamed Eiffel Tower. It is co-located with KMJJ-FM and KQHN-FM with the KRMD-FM auxiliary transmitter.Lincoln Parish, Louisiana
Lincoln Parish (French: Paroisse de Lincoln) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,735. The parish seat is Ruston. The parish was created on February 24, 1873 from parts of Bienville, Claiborne, Union, and Jackson parishes, and its boundaries have changed only once (in 1877). This makes Lincoln parish one of the Reconstruction parishes.Lincoln Parish comprises the Ruston, LA Micropolitan Statistical Area.Linden, Texas
Linden is a city in Cass County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,988 at the 2010 census, down from 2,256 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cass County.Mansfield, Louisiana
Mansfield is a small city in and the parish seat of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,001 at the 2010 census, a decline of more than 10 percent from the 2000 tabulation. Mansfield is 77 percent African American. Mansfield is part of the Shreveport–Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.Melrose, Louisiana
Melrose is an unincorporated community in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States, including the Melrose Plantation and surrounding area, on Louisiana Highway 119. In addition to the historic plantation, the Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Heritage Area encompass the Melrose area.
Melrose is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area.Mount Zion, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana
Mount Zion is an unincorporated community in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States.Pleasant Hill, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
Pleasant Hill is an Unincorporated community in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United StatesRuston, Louisiana
Ruston is a small city and the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is the largest city in the Eastern Ark-La-Tex region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,859, reflecting an increase of 6.4 percent from the count of 20,546 counted in the 2000 Census. Ruston is near the eastern border of the Ark-La-Tex region and is the home of Louisiana Tech University. Its economy is therefore based on its college population. Ruston hosts the annual Peach Festival.
Ruston is the principal city of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Lincoln Parish.Texarkana, Arkansas
Texarkana is a city in Arkansas and the county seat of Miller County. The city is located across the state line from its twin city, Texarkana, Texas. The city was founded at a railroad intersection on December 8, 1873, and was incorporated in Arkansas on August 10, 1880. Texarkana (together with its Texas counterpart) is the principal city of the Texarkana metropolitan area, which is ranked 274th in terms of population in the United States with 150,098 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau.
Located within the Ark-La-Tex subregion of Southwest Arkansas, Texarkana is located in the Piney Woods, a oak-hickory forest atop the flat Gulf Coastal Plain. Texarkana's economy is driven by agriculture and the city's position as a crossroads of three major Interstate highways: Interstate 30 (I-30), I-49 and the future I-69. Outdoors tourism, such as fishing at Lake Millwood, are also important in the region. The Texarkana Arkansas School District is the largest public school district on the Arkansas side, leading to graduation from Arkansas High School. The city is home to Texarkana College (on the Texas side of town), and a branch campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH).Timon, Louisiana
Timon is an unincorporated community in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States.Victoria, Louisiana
Victoria is an Unincorporated Community in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States.Winnfield, Louisiana
Winnfield is a small city in the parish seat of Winn Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,749 at the 2000 census, and 4,840 in 2010. Three governors of the state of Louisiana were from Winnfield.