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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

Scenic Drives

Many Forest Service Roads in Sabine National Forest offer exceptional scenery. One excellent route is to Shelbyville via Texa...

Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum

Started in 1985, this was the first arboretum at a university in Texas. Special features include an 11-acre arboretum of rare...

Carnegie Library

Built 1907, and one of few such libraries still serving its original purpose. Second floor designed as opera house. On displa...

Mill Ridge Golf Club

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

R. G. LeTourneau Museum

Houses many of famed industralist's patents and business artifacts; some of his early earth-moving equipment on display. On L...