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Palestine is a city in the Blackland Prairie region of Texas. It dates way back to the origins of the Texas Republic practically, when Anderson County was carved out and needed a county seat. Then it was a stage stop on the route between Texarkana and Austin (yee-haw) and later a stop for the railroad, from which it derives a lot of its fame today, because of a popular restored line between here and Rusk that offers a sense of train travel of yesteryear through the Piney Woods. The town itself looks a little stuck in the past, and can be worth a gander.

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  • Museum For East Texas Culture, 400 S Micheaux Ave St, +1 903 723-1914. The building housing this collection is very goth; you might have to go look at some playful puppies later if you spend too much time here.
  • Railroad Heritage Center, 808 W Oak St, +1 903 586-7141. This museum showcases the heritage of railway history in Palestine, from the International and Great Northern Railroad to the emergence of a major depot for the Union Pacific.


  • Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot, 789 Park Rd 70, +1 855 632-7729. Not to be blunt, but this probably is the main tourist destination here in Palestine, offering vintage rides from Palestine to Rusk thru Piney Wood splendor. Takes on a Polar Express theme around Christmas.
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  • Best Western, 1601 W Palestine Ave, +1 903-723-4655.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1030 E Palestine Ave, +1 903-723-4884.
  • La Quinta Inn, 3000 S Loop 256, +1 903-723-1387.
  • Fig Tree Manor, 203 E Erwin St, +1 903-723-2768. Very nice accommodations with excellent cafe serving lunch and dinner.


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Routes through Palestine
ShreveportCarthage  N  S  → Jct N SRound Rock → END
WacoFairfield  W  E  LogansportMansfield
Fort WorthCorsicana  N  S  BeaumontPort Arthur

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