Marshall, Texas, a historic city of 25,000, is nestled in the scenic piney woods of East Texas. The city was founded in 1841. By 1850, it was the seventh largest city in Texas; and in the 1860 census, Marshall had risen to fourth largest - in the most prosperous county in the state.
After the Civil War, the town became known as the "Gateway to Texas" when the Texas and Pacific Railroad provided transcontinental railway service to the west.
Marshall's renaissance was due largely to the vast expansion here of the T & P operations which brought an enormous influx of new settlers and railroad employees, including many skilled craftsmen and artisans for the railroad's sprawling shops.
Marshall is now part of a larger metropolitan area of Longview, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana, and is located 150 miles east of Dallas, on Interstate 20. Marshall is in the center of a recreational and tourist region, and is near the Caddo Lake recreational area.