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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

Shallow Creek Country Club

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

Gladewater, TX Golf Courses

Gladewater Country Club

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

Gladewater, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Gladewater, TX

Timber Ridge Tours

Guides/outfitters offer canoe trips, tour boat rides, hikes, van tours, and country cottage in Bit Thicket biosphere. Tours i...

Goodman Home

A delight for antique lovers and historians, this antebellum landmark brings the past to life with original furnishings, phot...

Big Thicket National Preserve

Some 97,000 acres of dense woods, swamps and streams administered by National Park Service as biological preserves in several...

Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site

A chief archaeological site in Texas. Park includes two ceremonial and one burial mound, visitor center with exhibits, interp...

Hudnall Planetarium

At Tyler Junior College, planetarium is one of Texas' largest. Among exhibits are replicas of exploratory space vehicles. Cam...