Offenhauser Insurance

 
Museum of Regional History

Former Offenahuser Insurance Building
219 N. State Line Avenue
Historic Downtown Texarkana, Texas
GPS Coordinates: 34° 24’ 24”, -94° 24’ 26”

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Built in 1879 by W.H. Hakes to house Texarkana Bank, the Offenhauser Building is the oldest surviving brick building in Texarkana.  In 1882, the Offenhauser Insurance Company was founded on the second floor.  Later, the Offenhauser Company purchased the building and used it as the company's main office until 1971.  During World War I, the lower floor was used by the Red Cross.  The first floor of the building has also served as a telephone exchange, Chamber of Commerce headquarters, cotton brokerage, and even a saloon.  The Offenhauser Insurance Building is a National Register property.  In 1971, the company donated the building for the purpose of establishing a museum.  It currently serves as the Museum of Regional History. 

 

This information is brought to you from the archives of the Texarkana Museums System and the vision of Mrs. Marguerite Hillier. Let us not forget her love of history, dedication to the education of future generations and great strides towards the betterment of our community.

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