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Longview, Texas

Longview was settled as the seat of Gregg County in the early 1800s. There was a period of rapid development by planters from the Old South after 1850. Longview was founded on 100 acres purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad for one gold dollar ($1) and named by railroad surveyors impressed by the long-distance view from the top of Rock Hill. Discovery of oil in 1930s more than tripled the population of 6,000.

Today Longview is a dynamic industrial center claiming over 200 manufacturing firms, and home of LeTourneau University.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Cargill Long Park

Two-and-one-half mile walking, jogging, and bike trail flanked by towering pines and native flora. Signed exercise stations; benches, picnic tables, playground; handicapped access. Open daily 6 a.m. - 11 p.m., on Hollybrook Street one block west of U.S. 259; northeast edge of city south of Loop 281

Longview, TX Parks


Gregg County Historical Museum

Exhibits devoted to local East Texas history, agriculture, communications, and military collections. Reproductions of early rooms: banker's office, parlor, kitchen, and interior of log cabin. Audiovisual historical program. Housed in historical-marked 1910

Longview, TX Museums

Lone Star Speedway

Sat. night races feature I.M.C.A. modifieds, dirt south late models, and hot stocks. A three-eighth mile, high bank clay oval track serves a challenging course for drivers. Races every Sat. night Mar. - Oct.; I-20 at F.M. 2207

Longview, TX Race Tracks

R. G. LeTourneau Museum

Houses many of famed industralist's patents and business artifacts; some of his early earth-moving equipment on display. On LeTourneau University campus in R.G. LeTourneau Memorial Student Building. Campus tours also available;

Longview, TX Museums

Things to do near Longview, TX

Texas State Railroad

Operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, antique steam engines power vintage coaches 25 miles to Palestine in the nat...

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum

New $2.2 million, 13,000-square foot facility that pays tribute to Texans who have made an indelible mark the country music i...

Beaver Brook Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

House of the Seasons

Built in 1872, this is an example of the transition period between Greek Revival and Victorian architecture. Most interesting...