Logansport is a small town on the Louisiana-Texas state line in Northern Louisiana.
It is the second largest city in DeSoto Parish and is a center of recreation on the Sabine River. With the village of Joaquin, Texas on the other side of the Sabine, the two towns form a sort of "twin city" relationship, as Joaquin is where local residents go for groceries, extra services, or more restaurant selections.
The town also marks the northern terminus of the Toledo Bend Scenic Byway (Louisiana Highway 191).
Three highways approach and pass through Logansport.
- US Highway 84, which crosses the Sabine River into Texas to the west and to the village of Joaquin. To the east, this highway passes through gentle hills and pine forests to the historic towns of Mansfield and Coushatta.
- Louisiana Highway 5 comes from the north and connects travelers with Shreveport, via US 171 and the small communities of Longstreet, Keachi, and Stonewall. Scenery consists of farmland and forests, with oil rigs dotting the landscape in places - a reminder of the oil industry that continues to dominate the Northwest Louisiana economy.
- Louisiana Highway 191 has its northern terminus one mile east of Logansport. LA 191, also known as the Toledo Bend Scenic Byway, proceeds south and winds along the eastern banks of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, passing several marinas, RV parks, and other areas to enjoy nature. Two Louisiana State Parks, North Toledo Bend State Park and South Toledo Bend State Park, can both be accessed on this highway.
- 1 International Boundary Marker (USA-Republic of Texas Marker), Louisiana Highway 765, At the State Line (Go 3 miles north of Logansport on LA 764, then turn left onto LA 765 and go west for 1.5 miles. Turn right into the parking lot at the state line). Daily, 24 Hours. Stone boundary marker erected during Texas' 9 year period (1836-1845) as an independent republic. The stone marker is the last remaining boundary marker between the United States and the Republic of Texas. Small picnic area adjacent to marker with plenty of shade. Free.
There are several outdoor activities both in town and around it to appeal to many. Hiking and camping are possible further south of Joaquin, in the Texas National Forests. Water sports are available on both sides of the state line at the Sabine River and Toledo Bend Reservoir.
- 1 Dennis Freeman Memorial River Park, Elm St & Veterans Memorial Drive (Due northwest of downtown on 2nd Street, then one block left on Elm Street). Daily 6AM-10PM. Riverfront park on the Sabine River. Excellent fishing for catfish and bass. Also picnic tables and playground for children. Free.
- 1 Big Zach's Place, 223 Main Street, ☎ . M-W 11AM-8PM, Th-Sa 11AM-9PM, Closed Su. Traditional Southern classics, such as hamburger steak and fried catfish. Daily lunch specials, which occasionally has an all-you-can-eat component. Large dessert menu. The inside has a lot of elements of vintage diners. $8 and up for a meal with drink.
- 2 Cindy's Place, 138 N. Chalk St., Joaquin, TX (Center of downtown Joaquin), ☎ . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Closed Su. Mexican restaurant with a Southern hometown feel to it. Authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, plus burgers and fish plates. Daily specials with very generous portions. $7 and up.
Both Logansport and Joaquin are DRY communities, as well as their respective parishes/counties (DeSoto Parish, Louisiana and Shelby County, Texas, with exceptions made for the cities of Mansfield and Center, TX). There are no alcohol sales anywhere within 15 miles of the towns on either side of the state line.
- 1 Executive Inn & Suites, 12449 US-84, Joaquin, TX (1.5 miles west of Logansport on US 84), ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 10:30AM. The only motel-type accommodation in the Logansport/Joaquin area. Offers free Wi-Fi, full cable, and continental breakfast. Rooms and beds are very spacious. $60 and up for a single room.
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