Hometown of former President Bill Clinton and former Governor Mike Huckabee, Hope is the "Watermelon Capital of the World," with record-setting melons up to 265 pounds. Hope used to manufacture bricks, and the old drying kilns and office buildings of the Hope Brick Works are visible to our right on the north edge of town. In years past, Pullman sleeping cars were switched from the train at Hope, for movement over the Louisiana & Arkansas Railway to Shreveport. This is good deer hunting country. Cattle and poultry are also important to the local economy. The area between Hope and the Red River is noted for its bois d'arc trees, whose extremely hard wood was once sought to make horse-drawn farming implements.