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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

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

Heritage Plaza

Built on the site of the Gregg Hotel (1929), the second hotel to be owned and operated by Conrad Hilton. This historic park in the city's downtown district portrays Longview's first 100

Longview, TX Entertainment

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


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

Things to do near Longview, TX

Jones State Forest

A 1,725 acres pine and hardwood forest. Five miles southwest via I-45 and F.M. 1488. Birdwatcher's haven with more than 150 s...

Cape Royale Golf Club

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

River Plantation Country Club -Charleston/Augusta

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

April Sound Country Club -White And Blue

Course Access: ResortHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...