two of East Texas' principal cities,
Longview and Marshall,
this Sunday Drive is almost metropolitan in nature.
at in downtown Longview
with the excellent Gregg
County Historical Museum at the corner of Fredonia and Bank streets. The museum's
exhibits illustrate the development of Gregg County from the days of the Caddo
Indians and will prepare you for the rest of your Sunday Drive.
itself was carved out of the pine forests in l870 when railroad engineers surveyed
a 50-acre tract deeded to the Southern Pacific Railroad by O.H. Methvin. From
the crest of Capps Hill, the surveyors, looking into the distance to the south,
remarked what a "long view" there was from the hill. Longview
was made the county seat of newly-created Gregg County in l871.
the museum, you'll
want to spend some time walking the streets of downtown Longview,
where many of the city's oldest buildings are being preserved as the result of
a strong historical movement in the community.
sure to see the historical marker to the last raid of the Dalton Gang at 200 North
Fredonia. Here, at the First National Bank, a bloody gunfight resulted in three
deaths when the Dalton
Gang robbed the bank. The
robbery resulted in the ultimate capture of the gang, ending its reign of
crime and violence.
County Courthouse is also in downtown Longview.
Here is a statue to General John Gregg, a general in the Confederate Army. Other
Longview places of interest include:
The Campbell Honeymoon Home, located at 521 North Second Street. This was the
home of Texas Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell when he married Fannie Bruner
while working as a clerk in the Gregg County courthouse in l878.
Stagecoach Stop Museum at 322 Teague, one of the few remaining homes from Earpville,
the forerunner of Longview. The building dates from the early l860s.
Brown-Birdsong home at 104 West Whaley Street. This Victorian home was built in
l879 by an early settler, B.W. Brown, a Methodist lay minister. Brown helped create
From Longview, head east
on U.S. 80. You'll pass through Hallsville
while traveling a scenic route characterized by meadows, ranches, and turn-of-the-century
buildings. Hallsville dates back to l839 when W.C. Crawford built a fort as protection
against Indians. The town was named for pioneer Elijah Hall in l870 when the railroad
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for the downtown area to the south of U.S. 80. In
the middle of the downtown area is the Old Courthouse Museum on Peter Whetstone
Square. The museum includes an excellent exhibit of everything historical in Harrison
County, including Indian artifacts, pioneer relics, needlecraft implements, paintings
and drawings, religious memorabilia, and much more.
Marshall was founded in l842 and
by l860 was the fourth largest city in Texas. After the Civil War, it became the
gateway to Texas when the Texas and Pacific Railroad provided transcontinental
railway service to the west.
Marshall, named for Chief Justice
John Marshall, has an abundance of historical homes and the best way to
see them is to pick up a copy of Max Lale's excellent historic tour guide from
the Chamber of Commerce. Most of the historic buildings are located around the
downtown area and near the railroad tracks on Washington Street.
excellent publication is the Marshall Stagecoach Trace Guide, a driving
trail of sites in Harrison County.
of Marshall's most interesting
historical sites include:
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Family State Historic Site, known locally as "Maplecroft" for its abundance
of maple trees. Located on 407 West Travis Street, the site is open Wednesday
through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site tells the story of a prominent East
Texas family since its arrival in Texas in 1834.
Ginocchio Historical District on North Washington Street. The area includes the
Ginocchio Hotel, once called "the finest overnight hotel and eating establishment
between New Orleans and Denver." Built in the l890s, the hotel includes a rare,
curly pine staircase. Also in the historical district are several Ginocchio homes
built in the l880s, and the old Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot, one of the most
in East Texas.
The Allen House at 610 Washington, the museum and headquarters for the Harrison
County Conservation Society. The New England-style salt box house was built in
Maison Malfacon, located aet 700 East Rusk Street, a bed-and-breakfast inn that
was once the home of Texas publisher Robert W. Loughery, who became the U.S. consul
to Acapulco, Mexico. The home was built in l866.
site of the State
Capitol of Missouri, 400 South Bolivar. The Confederate governor of Missouri
moved his government-in-exile to a one-story wooden dwelling on this site during
the Civil War after being run out of Missouri by federal troops.
Marshall, head east on Farm Road
At the Scottsville
community, take time to explore the Scottsville
Cemetery, which contains some of the most elaborate statutary in East
Texas. Of particular interest is a breathtaking statue of a grieving angel. The
gothic revival chapel made of stone was dedicated in l904 by Pete and Betty Scott
Youree in memory of their only son, William.
at Scottsville is the plantation home of William Thomas Scott, who built the home
in l840 after living for several years in a log cabin.
From Scottsville, continue on 1998 until you reach the intersection of Farm Road
134. Head south on 134 to the one-time cotton community of Jonesville.
Here, you'll find an honest-go-goodness general store of the kind found around
the turn of the century. The T.C. Lindsey & Company General Store, which evolved
from the Jones Trading Post, has been in business since l847 and includes an enormous
antique collection, as well as run-of-the mill store items. The store has been
the scene of several movie and television productions. Nearby is a new museum
housing rare automobiles, jukeboxes, and other memorabilia.
also find at Jonesville a cotton gin, one of the last such businesses left in
East Texas; the home of Dr. Samuel
Floyd Vaughn, which dates back to the l840s; and Locust Grove, a stunning two-story
house with double porches built in l847.
Jonesville, continue on 134 to Waskom.
Here, head south on Farm Road 9 until it intersects with Farm Road 2625. Follow
2625, passing through Crossroads, Rosobrough Springs, Darco and Gailee, until
it reaches Farm Road 968. Head west back into Longview.
meals, we recommend a couple of places, Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House,
an institution in East Texas; Sally's
Good Foods, also in Longview,
which specializes in homestyle country meals; Gable's Restaurant in Marshall,
which takes pride in its chicken, steaks and seafood entrees; and Neely's Sandwich
Shop, also in Marshall, famous
for its "brown pig" sandwich.(For
additional information on places found on this Sunday Drive, contact the Longview
Chamber of Commerce, 100 Grand Boulevard, Longview, TX 75604, telephone 214/753-3281,
or the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 520, Marshall, TX 75671, telephone
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