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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

Gladewater Saturday Night Opry

Toe-tapping country/Western music show and comedy stage show every Sat. night. Free gospel show on Fri. night. ...

Goodman Home

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

Calaboose Museum

Under the direction of the Kirbyville Area Heritage Society, the museum contains artifacts, information, and history of local...

Big Thicket National Preserve

Some 97,000 acres in twelve units comprise this preserve where the southwestern desert meets the eastern hardwood swamps and ...