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Gilmer, Texas

The seat of Upshur County, Gilmer was founded in 1848 on the historic Cherokee Trace, becoming a trade center for a growing population of farmer-settlers. Cotton farming dominated the economy, joined by a lumbering boom at the turn of the century. The East Texas oil boom of the early 1930s extended into the county as cotton began to fade. Dairying, lumber, and beef cattle are important today.

More than 50 historical markers are found in Gilmer and around the county, including a 1936 granite maker in Roosevelt Park on site of an early 19th-century Cherokee Indian village. Markers on the courthouse lawn tell about the Cherokee Trace, traveled by Sam Houston and other Texas Revolution heroes on their first trips to Texas.

Gilmer became a Texas Main Street City in 1998, won Texas Main Street City of the year in 1999, and in 2000 was named a National Main Street City. Historic Gilmer Main Street features a downtown square with red brick-paved streets, shops and restaurants. Gilmer is also part of the Texas Forest Trail Region, the heritage tourism initiative of the Texas Historical Commission that encompasses 35 counties in East Texas.

Don't miss East Texas Yamboree, the third weekend in October, which pays homage to the sweet potato and is one of the oldest annual festivals in Texas.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Gilmer, TX

Gilmer Parks

Yamboree Park, U.S. 271 north, has RV camping facilities and building for reunions and RV rallies. Contact chamber of commerc...

Municipal Rose Garden & Museum

22-acre garden is nation's largest rose showcase, featuring 38,000 rose bushes representing nearly 500 varieties. Roses are a...

Martin Creek Lake Fishing Tips

Thanks to the Texas Wildlife and Parks for the fishing tips----- Since Martin Creek is a power plant lake, water temperatu...

Lookout Mountain

First Monday Trade Days offers all sorts of wares, antiques, and collectibles. Camping facilities available with hookups and ...

Ginocchio National Historic District

Three square blocks in the heart of old downtown centering around the 1896 Ginocchio Hotel, one of the state's finest example...