Marshall is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County, Texas; according to the official US Census the population of the city was over 23,000, though that number has risen to 23,500, indicating slow yet steady population growth. Marshall acts as a relatively large educational and cultural center in northeastern Texas, and is currently the anchor of the minor Marshall micropolitan area, which actually spans three separate states – it’s known colloquially as the “Tri-State Area,” though there are many of those across the United States.
Founded in 1841 as the county seat of newly-formed Harrison County, Marshall developed into a rather potent political center of the Confederate states during the American Civil War and factories in the town produced many weapons and textiles for the Confederate army. Marshall was also a minor railroad hub in the region, helping ferry troops and supplies to the front lines. After the war, the city continued to be a major railroad center in the region and was also a major player in the civil rights movement during the 1960’s. Today, Marshall is well-known for its pottery, and is known as “The Pottery Capital of the World.”
Temperatures in Marshall are like that of many cities in eastern and northeastern Texas, characterized by hot summers and cooler, more mild winters. During the summer months, average highs tend to reach into the low 90’s during the day, with overnight lows often dropping into the low-to-mid 70’s. Winter months tend to bring much cooler temperatures, with average highs reaching into the mid-to-upper 50’s and overnight lows often dropping into the high 30’s and low 40’s.
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