Marshall is an East Texas Town founded in 1841. It is the county seat of Harrison County and is the cultural and educational center of the Ark-La-Tex region.
Due to its location, Marshall was like a gateway in Texas, leading it to become a major city in its area. One of the first railroad lines through Texas was constructed in the city.
By 1860 Marshall was the fourth largest city in Texas. A big contributor to its economy was the production of cotton. With the convenience of the railroad, Marshall was one of the largest cotton markets in the south.
By 1895 the city's largest industry was pottery manufacturing, which was made possible with the establishment of Marshall Pottery. The industry expanded until the city was eventually referred to by some as the "Pottery Capital of the World."
in the 1980s and 90s, Marshal began diversifying its economy by pushing history and tourism. Two new festivals, the Fire Ant Festival and the "Wonderland of Lights", gained attention for the city.
The "Wonderland of Lights" became very popular and one of the largest light festivals in the US. To this day many people still enjoy seeing the lights in Marshall.