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GLADEWATER, TEXAS

"Antique Capital of East Texas"

Gregg County/ Upshur County, East Texas
US 80
13 miles W of Longview
115 miles E of Dallas
Population: 6,078 (2000)

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April snow in Gladewater, Texas
"This was the first time this part of Texas had snow in April since 1938"
- George Lester, April 2007
Near the epicenter of the 30's oil boom, Gladewater didn't feel the effects of the depression. Although Gregg County has produced more oil than any other county, the slump of the early eighties was felt severely. The downtown section of Gladewater was full of empty buildings with economic prospects dim. This is when Beth Bishop came up with the idea for the Antique Capital of East Texas.

Now with approx. 200 dealers in 16 malls, Gladewater has a revitalized downtown with a weekend tranquility even during the week.

Gladewater Attractions

  • Helen Lee Estate Daffodil Gardens: Open daily 10 to 4 during the blooming season, mid-February through March. Contact the chamber.
  • St. Clair Museum: 817 Main Street Open Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00.
  • The Opry House Gladewater Texas
    The Opry House, formerly the Cozy Theater
    Photo courtesy George Lester, April 2007
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    Gladewater Events include
  • Christmas in Gusherville,
  • Springfest and a Rodeo in June.
  • April celebrates East Texas Gusher Days with chili cook-offs, street dances, antique auto shows and live music.
  • Gladewater Texas street scene  vintage postcard
    Gladewater street scene, circa 1913
    Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/~txgenweb// postcards/Index.html
    Oil wells and Gladewater business section
    "Bird's-eye view of oil wells and part of business section. Gladewater, Texas"
    Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/~txgenweb// postcards/Index.html
    Gladewater Chronicles
  • The Gladewater Oil Boom
  • Elvis Slept Here by Mike Cox
  • Gladewater Texas old gas station and antique gas pumps
    Old Gas Station
    Photo courtesy Lori Martin, August 2005
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    Nearby Destinations
    Take Hwy 271 South 26 miles to Tyler.
    Take Hwy 80 East 13 miles to
    Longview, another 23 miles to Marshall.
    Take Hwy 271 North 14 miles to Gilmer.
    Take Hwy 80 West 34 miles to Mineola.
    Take Hwy 271 South to FM135, 13 miles to Kilgore.

    Gladewater Tourtist Information
    Gladewater Chamber of Commerce:
    215 North Main Street
    903-845-5501 or 1-800-627-0315

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    Two young men in military  academy uniform
    Robert Bruce Kerr in uniform

    Photo courtesy Barbara Kerr Scott
    Gladewater, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Was there a military academy near Gladewater?
    My father (Robert Bruce Kerr, b. 1913) often told me he attended a military academy near Gladewater. This most likely would have been in the 20s, definitely before the Crash of 1929. His father, Lewis Arvel Kerr, was a photographer in Ft. Worth, and possibly took the attached photo (see photo above). My father is the shorter of the two boys in the school's uniform. Last week I was in Gladewater, and asked at the C of C and the local history museum about the school. No one had heard of it. - Barbara Kerr Scott, Chickasha, Ok, March 12, 2006
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