I Love the Ark-La-Tex: Ace of Clubs House

Texarkana Museums System
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 7:51pm

There's only one house shaped like an Ace of Clubs, and it's in Texarkana. As amazing as it is, nobody is sure why the original owner James Draughon decided to build it like that. According to curator Melissa Nesbitt, there is a rumor that Draughon won a card game with the ace of clubs and built the house in homage to that, but it's one that neither she nor the final owner of the house, Olivia Smith Moore believe.

However, there is one thing that Moore completely believes in, shoes. In her master suite, Moore left all of her favorites to be admired by museum patrons. Starting at an early age, Moore was a life long customer and supporter of Neiman Marcus. She and other family members made regular trips to Dallas for shopping expeditions.

Nesbitt isn't sure how many shoes are on display, but there are around 500 pairs in the collection.

But don't get the wrong idea, Miss Olivia wasn't just a wife shopping with her husband's money. Her love of Neiman Marcus started when she was a teacher, and stayed throughout her life, even when she began working again. When her husband died, Miss Olivia took over managing the farms; although I'm fairly certain she didn't wear these gorgeous shoes working the farm.

The shoes, the house, I love it all.

And that's just another reason I love the Ark-La-Tex.

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