Longview, Texas: Celebrating 150 Years

Join with your community in celebrating 150 years as the city of Longview, Texas.

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Longview, Texas: Celebrating 150 Years

Longview is full of friendly folks and is a small city that is very BIG ON SERVICE! That’s the nature of Real East Texas.

Take a deeper look at Longview and you’ll discover that we’re more than piney woods. Drop by for a visit and you find friendly folks who’ll help you connect to fun and relaxation. Sure we have pines, but our oaks, maples, sweet gum, honey locust and red cedar provide a beautiful springtime through summer and can blaze with fall color well into November some years.

This Day in History

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May 31

May 31, 2000: Looking for cuts as the budget process began, Mayor Earl Roberts said city employees who did not meet productivity standards would be out of a job. The City Council was seeking a 5-cent cut in property taxes over three years, and 1.5 cents in the next...

May 30

May 30, 1925: The Bathing Girls Revue at Lake Lomond attracted a large crowd. A decorated platform extended from the pavilion and the 11 entrants marched around the platform as Tim Atkins’ orchestra from Marshall played. Entrants, representing businesses, wore pretty...

May 28

May 28, 1941: U.S. Rep. Lyndon Johnson, in a Senate campaign speech on the Gregg County Courthouse lawn, advocated for privately built pipelines from East Texas oilfields to the Eastern seaboard. If necessary, he said, the government should assist with financing as it...

May 27

May 27, 1972: Longview civic and business leaders gathered to organize the newly formed Longview Downtown Development Corp. Its objective was to maintain and encourage the civic, social, commercial and industrial welfare of the city through better business conditions....

May 26

May 26, 1957: County officials issued a plea to parents to keep children from following fogging machines being used by crews to battle a record infestation of mosquitoes. The fog of chlordane and DDT was not considered healthful, officials said, and posed a danger by...

RSS Longview 150th News

  • May 28 May 28, 2020
    May 28, 1941: U.S. Rep. Lyndon Johnson, in a Senate campaign speech on the Gregg County Courthouse lawn, advocated for privately built pipelines from East Texas oilfields to the Eastern seaboard. If necessary, he said, the government should assist with financing as it was doing for defense manufacturing plants.
  • First Baptist Church was formed in 1871 May 24, 2020
    The Baptist Church of Longview was formed in 1871 in the home of one of the charter members. Enrolled at that first session were Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Harrison, Mrs. A. W. Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Northcutt, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Tankersley Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Whaley, Elizabeth Burke, the Rev. and […]
  • Railroad that gave birth to city also provided homes for its early churches May 24, 2020
    In Longview, the railway that gave birth to a town also gave an important boost to one of the most important pillars in the city’s history — the churches that formed in the town’s early years and continue to call downtown home. In 1870, O.H. Methvin deeded 100 acres of land to the Southern Pacific […]
  • Methodists shared first meeting house in Longview May 24, 2020
    Editor’s note: This account of the development of the Methodist faith in Longview was written in July 1931 for the Longview News-Journal by Mrs. J.C. Howard. In 1845, the old Methodist church in this community was a log building called the “Meeting House.” This first church structure was used by other Protestant denominations, school was […]

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