Settled in 1839, it became the seat of Harrison County in 1842. When Texas seceded from the Union in 1861, the city was one of biggest and wealthiest in the state. It produced saddles, clothing and ammunition for the Confederacy. A Confederate Monument stands on the courthouse lawn. Several historic homes are bed-and-breakfasts. Marshall is home to East Texas Baptist University, Panola College, Texas State Technical College and Wiley College. There are eight wholesale pottery manufacturers and two retail outlets in the city.
Events include the Fire Ant Festival in October. Wonderland of Lights, held Thanksgiving-New Year's Day, is one of the largest holiday light shows in the nation. Call 903/702-7777.