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Gladewater, Texas

Gladewater was settled by settlers from an earlier community called St. Clair who moved en masse a few miles east to the Texas and Pacific RR when it built through in 1872. In 1931 oil was discovered and the population doubled to 1,000 overnight, reaching 10,000 at the height of the boom. (One of Texas' first derricks and pumping units is preserved in the 100 block of W. Commerce along with a historical marker.)

Gladewater is now a trade center for agricultural and lumbering interests. The "Antique Capital of East Texas" city boasts more than two dozen antique shops.

Annual events include the East Texas Gusher Days held in April, the Gladewater Round Up in June, and the Gladewater Arts and Crafts Festival each September.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Helen Lee Estate Daffodil Gardens

Spectacular display of blooms draws visitors from wide area. Open during blooming season (mid-Feb. through late-Feb.)

Gladewater, TX Botanical Gardens


St. Clair Museum of Gladewater

Mementos and artifacts of city's early days. Open Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 817

Gladewater, TX Museums

Gladewater Country Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Gladewater, TX Golf Courses

Shallow Creek Country Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7

Gladewater, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Gladewater, TX

Gaston Museum

When C.M. "Dad" Joiner struck oil here on Oct. 3, 1930, this sparsely populated farming community became a bustling boomtown....

Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store

Features more than 250 specimens of animals, reptiles, and fish from Africa and North America. The Country Store depicts what...

Cherokee Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

T. C. Lindsey & Co.

Part old-fashioned general store, part museum, this establishment offers a wide variety of merchandise as well as nostalgia. ...

East Texas Discovery Well

In 1927, Columbus M. "Dad" Joiner believed there was oil in Rusk County. Joiner and an Oklahoma attorney and oil promoter had...