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INDEX Brownsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bullard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Canton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Chandler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Diboll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 East Texas Wineries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Edgewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Flint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Gilmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Gladewater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Grand Saline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Gun Barrel City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Henderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Jefferson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Kilgore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Lindale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Longview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Mineola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 New London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Overton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Quitman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Shelby County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Texarkana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Tyler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Whitehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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handler’s quality of life characteristics are parallel to their city brand, “City with a Heart.” Volunteer opportunities abound for people of all ages – Volunteer Fire Department, Keep Chandler Beautiful, Youth 4-H, Chandler Pow Wow, Little League, Chandler Library, city and county boards and school activities are a few examples. Residents find fulfillment in promoting their city and helping their neighbor. People move to and live in Chandler for a number of reasons. Access to health care, ability to work and raise a family, low crime rate and availability of recreational activities are primary characteristics people consider in choosing a place to live. Chandler has all of these and more. Chandler is the north gateway to Lake Palestine. The lake spans over 25,000 acres and is very popular for largemouth bass tournaments. Arlie McCain Park is located at the western entrance to Chandler on Highway 31. Built in 2005 with proceeds from an award won by Keep Chandler Beautiful, McCain Park is beautifully landscaped and contains antique lighted concrete walking paths, benches, flag pole and a gazebo where many couples have exchanged nuptials. A

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recently added attraction to McCain Park is The Yarbrough house that was moved from its original location in the center of town to the park. The former home of U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough, the house is now the site of the City of Chandler’s Historical Museum. The River Park is located at the eastern entrance to Chandler on Highway 31 at the Neches River. Located on the banks of the Neches River, the park provides a boat ramp for fishermen, a nature walk and picnic areas. The park has been ranked the third best site in the State of Texas for river bank fishing. Winchester Park is located ¾ miles south of Highway 31 on FM 315. Built in the early 1990s and located on approximately 23 acres, Winchester is home to the Brownsboro, Murchison, and Chandler (BMC) baseball and softball leagues consisting of over 700 youth. There is a paved, lighted walking trail around the park with exercise stops, adequate paved parking, concession stand and restrooms, four lighted ball fields, new playground equipment, pavilion, picnic areas and RV hook ups. Chandler is located 10 miles west of Tyler.

Gun Barrel City lies on the eastern shore of beautiful Cedar Creek Lake, just 55 miles southeast of Dallas. The community currently boasts nearly 6,000 full time friendly residents, and is the retail hub for more than 75,000 people. The town began as an unincorporated locale known as the “Old Bethel Community”. The City takes its name from a former road, Gun Barrel Lane (which is now State Highway 198). Gun Barrel Lane got its name during the 1920s and ‘30s, when outlaws frequented the area. It was considered a safe backwoods place during Prohibition, when the likes of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker hung out in the area. Thousands of visitors come to Gun Barrel City each year to enjoy the recreation offered, including fishing, water sports, sailing, kayaking and power boating, and bird watching. Cedar Creek Lake is one of the largest bodies of water in Texas and is 18 miles long and over 2 miles wide with a 220 mile shoreline, and a maximum Continued on page 9


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H GUN BARREL CITY depth of 62 feet. The lake also boasts three islands that are managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as Wildlife Management Areas for aquatic birds. Prominent retailers such as Walmart, Lowe’s, La Quinta, CVS Pharmacy, Chili’s, Best Western, MovieStar Cinema, and Denny’s, have opened in Gun Barrel City. In addition, the City is proud of its modern East Texas Medical Center emergency and outpatient facility. The City has been the recipient of several Texas awards, including being honored with the much coveted Go Texan Certification, and being named the only Certified Retirement Community on Cedar Creek Lake. Recently, the expansion of the City Park to include playgrounds, tracks, baseball, softball, and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, a walking trail, and horseshoe pits, a 9,600 square foot pavilion, and a new amphitheater, has been completed. Gun Barrel City holds two major festivals each year. This year, July Fest will be held over three days (July 4-6) and will include a parade, concerts, fireworks, and singing contests. The annual Christmas Festival/Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, and boasts a parade with over 65 floats and marching bands, plus a fire-

works spectacular later that evening. For more details regarding these events, visit www.gunbarrelcityfestivals.net. As for business development, the Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a proactive community team responsible for attracting new investment, and helping to expand existing businesses within the City, by providing financial and other assistance to qualifying companies. The construction of Silverleaf, a new 80 unit affordable senior apartment home complex, is just one of the projects they are pleased to have helped bring to the community. Efforts at the City level have paved the way for remarkable growth for years to come. While always looking to the future, the City has kept a sharp focus on protecting the high quality of life and sense of community for which Gun Barrel City is known. Residents, visitors, businesses, and retirees can be confident the many things that make the City a beloved community today will remain strong well into the future. As the “Heart of Cedar Creek Lake,” Gun Barrel City looks forward to extending their hospitality to you. For more information, visit the City’s website at www.gunbarrelcity.net, or the Economic Development Corporation’s site at www.gbcedc.com.


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rownsboro was courteous service in a established in down-home southern 1849, and is setting. Folks travel the oldest surviving for miles for Y’s finest town in Henderson choice Black Canyon County. Situated at Angus Beef from the the foothills of Jenmarket and the best nings Mountain, burger around fresh off Brownsboro is a rural the grill. community of folks Echo Springs Bluewho enjoy the friendly, berry Farm is located country way of life. approximately five Brownsboro is miles south of Highlocated on Highway way 31 on FM 607. CAR SHOW AT ANNUAL SPARKS IN THE PARK 31, 18 miles west of The farm is open to Tyler and 15 miles east the public May – July of Athens between the intersections of Farm-towhen the blueberries are ripe for the picking, and Market Roads 314 and 607. November – December for all your holiday gift It was settled by John (Red) Brown who operneeds. ated a toll bridge across Kickapoo Creek on the The Brownsboro City Park is host to baseroad to Jordan’s Saline and Tyler. ball and softball league games and home of the Several Norwegians immigrated to the area Keep Brownsboro Beautiful annual “Sparks in between 1849 and 1857. With the erection of the Park” celebration held the Saturday before a saw mill and cotton gin, and the eventual conJuly 4th, “Spooks in the Park” at Halloween, and struction of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, “Shining Stars” Christmas tree lighting held the Brownsboro began to flourish. first Thursday in December. A new state-of-theHome to the Brownsboro Independent School art playground was recently completed at the District Bears, attractions include Y’s Homepark thanks to the hard work of Keep Brownstown Foods where you will find old-fashioned boro Beautiful members and supporters.

Y’s Hometown Foods Grill & Rotisserie From the grinder to the grill. Freshest burgers in East Texas. Come let our Grill Specialist, Shannon Wynn, cook up one of our tasty, juicy 1/3 lb. burgers with the works made only from the finest Black Canyon Angus Beef ground to perfection.

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ullard is a growing community with a rich history in the East Texas area. Our community reflects the friendliness of a small town yet it is a growing city with nearby access to our big city neighbor, Tyler.  Quality family values are the cornerstone of the city and help to create a warm and friendly place to raise children. The City of Bullard is located on Hwy 69 south, approximately eight miles south of Tyler.

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estled deep in the East Texas piney woods, Flint (15 miles from Tyler) boasts two of the areas most unique attractions, The Villages resort and its inside waterpark. The Villages is tucked along the shoreline of sparkling Lake Palestine, one of the largest and most beautiful water sports playgrounds in the Southwest. The lake’s 100 miles of shoreline and miles of waterways offer an unending selection of vacation fun activities. The Villages offers a luxurious water-oriented club lifestyle. To double the water fun, The Villages hosts an indoor water park that features a lazy river with a

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Bullard boasts easy access to Lake Palestine and is just down the road from Flint’s indoor Waterpark at the Villages. Bullard also boasts the beautiful Eagle’s Bluff Country Club and is the proud home of the American Freedom Museum, located on the campus of The Brook Hill School. Patriotism takes center stage during the community’s annual fall Red, White & Blue festival.

whirlpool for tubers, four exciting 3-story water slides and a Forest Ranger children’s playscape with a giant, 10,000-gallon bucket dump, three kid-size body slides and life-size figures of bears and moose. This is an amusement park for the whole family. For guests who want to relax and watch the fun, there are plenty of lounge chairs and seating areas with tables and chairs. The WaterPark is also the best venue for your next family or work party or function – we can accommodate a gathering of 12 to 1,200. Our Party Room is ideal for a birthday party of up to 12, or reserve the entire WarePark for up to 1,200 guests.


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espite its name, First Monday is no longer held on the first Monday of the month. It’s now held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the first Monday of every month, rain or shine, holiday or not. The shopping areas now cover over 450 acres with spaces for 7,000 vendors in open-air and indoor venues, some air conditioned and heated, in five locations around the city. A trolley service is available from some parking areas and mobility scooters can be rented. Merchandise now ranges from new home furnishings and furniture, clothing, jewelry, candles, handbags and shoes, electronics, iron works and outdoor decor, plants, tools, great food concessions and more to antiques, collectables, quilts, intricate crafts, folk and fine art, woodworking and animals of all types and sizes. There is a local farmers market in season and many local residents also set up their own personal yard sales and produce stands to coincide with First Monday. People say that if you can’t find it in Canton, it probably doesn’t exist! Those that want to see all of First Monday Trade Days should plan for several days. Lodging is plentiful with six motels , over forty-five bed and breakfast inns and an award winning Resort/

lodging facility at Mill Creek Ranch (with first class facilities that you would expect in a five-star resort is within the city limits but be sure to book as far in advance as possible because all lodging fills up during the market days. Canton has worked a successful downtown revitalization program since entering the Texas Main Street Program in 2001. Canton’s historic Main Street District includes the courthouse square and lovely renovated shops and storefronts. The Main Street District offers many venues for shopping, including elegant antiques and collectibles, clothing, western wear, a jewelry shop, floral and gift shops, a bakery, several restaurants and a winery. The Christmas holiday season finds Downtown Canton all a-glitter with shining window displays, lights outlining all building rooftops and dozens of lighted trees sparkling on the courthouse lawn as shops open their doors for a Main Street Open House. The annual Christmas parade winds past historic homes and circles the historic downtown square with floats, beauty queens, marching bands, and, of course, Santa riding atop a vintage 1937 fire truck. In between the seasonal fun and First Monday Continued on page 16


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You’ll find a ShOPPing adventure as big as texas in canton Grab a friend or bring your family for a weekend of adventure at First Monday Trade Days! Over 450 acres of shopping Heaven — good food, clean restrooms, 7,000 vendor spaces! Thursday thru Sunday before the first Monday of each month! raIn Or SHIne!

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shopping there’s always a car show or tractor swap to attend and local organizations host 5K runs, fashion shows, flower and plant sales, quilt shows and cook-offs. The Mountain has a unique old west theme and during Trade Days on Saturday have professional gun fight shows, karaoke, special events and musical entertainment. Splash Kingdom Water Park, open during summer months, is a great place for family fun and golfers will not want to miss Twin Lakes Golf Course, rated one of Texas’ top ten golf courses by the Dallas Morning News. The really adventurous can visit Wired Zip Line, which boasts the tallest towers and longest zip lines in Texas or travel just down the road to Gator Wildlife Park. A special attraction in Canton is the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial, located at the intersection at Hwy. 19 and 243, where genuine decommissioned fighter jet is displayed along with other military equipment.


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rand Saline and from 1 p.m. to is located 4 p.m. in the Make plans now to northwest section of visit the annual Salt Van Zandt County Festival during the and is known as first week of June as the “salt capital of live music, games, Texas.” and vendors fill the The town sits on streets. There is even one of the largest a Wild West rodeo. salt domes in the On the second world and is home to week on November Morton Salt Mining people drive from EAST TEXAS GATOR AND WILDLIFE PARK Company as well all over the region Chris Tomlin, the to enjoy the Great award winning Contemporary Christian artist American Peanut Butter Festival that takes and songwriter. place downtown Grand Saline. The city’s salt history is on display at the On the outskirts of town located on F.M. Salt palace Museum, a building constructed of 1255 is the East Texas Gator and Wildlife pure rock salt. The museum is located downPark, home of many exotic animals including town on U.S. Highway 80 and features the tiny snakes to giant alligators. There is also salt industry dating back to 1845 as well as the a petting zoo, pens of wild hogs and rescued rich history of Grand Saline and its residents. animals. It is open seven days a week. Visitors can tour the Salt museum Tuesday For more information call 903-962-4257. through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until noon Visit Grand Saline, “the salt of the earth.”


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dgewood knows how to bring history to real life and the Heritage Park Museum shows this to be true. This historical village takes visitors back to the time when people use to stop by the country store for supplies, get a haircut at the barber shop or enjoy a great meal at the café. The village was founded in 1976 and contains 21 restored and furnished structures representing Van Zandt County rural life in the 1900’s. Several of the buildings include the Edgewood Band Stand, Gilliam’s Gas Station, blacksmith shop, print shop a “dogtrot” cabin, Myrtle Springs School, and The Murchison Depot to name a few. The Carriage House has an extensive collection of vintage tools, farm implements, saddles, buggies and a Motel T Ford. Weddings are often held at the 1891 Church in the Wildwood. This quaint chapel seats 100, is air-conditioned and can be reserved for weddings. There is also a gazebo and beautiful lawn that can be used for an outdoor wedding and reception. Education tours are offered to schools and museum is open for public tours, special events

BARBER SHOP

EDGEWOOD HERITAGE PARK SPRADLIN CABIN and private used every day with reservations. For more information call 903-896-1940. For the past 35 years the park has been the location of the annual Heritage Festival sponsored by the Edgewood Historical Society on the second Saturday in November.

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Malakoff

(the town at the junction of Hwy. 31 west of Athens, east of Corsicana, and Hwy. 198)

Hometown of the 2013 Fine Arts Medal Award-Winner, Internationally-renowned sculptor

James Surls

who will be home in the

James Surls’ Sculpture Gardens: A Memorial to Joe Surls James Surls’ Maquette in the James Surls’ Sculpture Gardens in Malakoff (Photo by Felix Lenz)

(admission by ticket only for the event; open otherwise by calling 903.489.0897)

during the

East Texas Artists and Sculpture Gardens Tour in Malakoff April 27 10:00 – 6:00 | April 28 12:00 – 4:00

Also, open during the tour will be the

“Best Residential Landscape of the Year”

(2007) by Architectural Landscapers’ Magazine

The James & Barbara Stewart’s Sculpture Gardens (admission by ticket only; only open for this event)

Historic Bartlett House (circa 1930) with heritage gardens being restored

“Breezy” by Jo Saylors in the private gardens of James & Barbara Stewart, (photo and design by Jason Osterberger Designs)

And the Grand Opening of the “Sunken Gardens” in the Historic Bartlett House and Heritage Gardens

If you miss this major event featuring nationallyrenowned sculptors and the best of the East Texas artists, you can tour the studios and galleries of the East Texas artists anytime by purchasing the tour book online at www.malakofftexas.com (shipped within two days) or online free at www.digitaledition.biz//futurehorizons/679140 or at the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce on Main Street, Malakoff

For information about the tour, go to www.malakofftexas.com


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ocated south of Tyler on Hwy. 110, the city of Whitehouse is the gateway to Lake Tyler as well as the home of Camp Tyler and the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Nature Center. This lake is actually a two-for-one deal as Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East are connected by a canal, making travel between the two easily accessible. There are five public boat ramps and several public parks on the shores of the lakes. The Lake Tyler Marina just off of FM 346 (also known as Whitehouse’s Main Street), is home to a great camping area, store and restaurant. In addition to private recreation, the lake is often utilized for other community events and fishing tournaments. Complementing Lake Tyler are Camp Tyler and the Nature Center. Together they present a triple threat of adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. Both Camp Tyler and the Nature Center are located between Whitehouse and Tyler off of FM 848. Camp Tyler’s outdoor amenities are often utilized by school groups and for hosting special

outings. The 82-acre Nature Center offers a visitor’s center, indoor and outdoor classrooms, wetlands, grasslands and ponds provide a natural setting for area birds and animals. Another attraction is the Four Winds Renaissance Faire, located between Whitehouse and Troup. The annual spring festival is a celebration of knights and ladies, merry minstrels and swordsmen, with children’s activities and games also available. Summertime is kicked off with area’s newest festival, LakeFest, hosted by the Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce. Set for Saturday, May 25, The day will be filled with a car show, mini-dog races, washers tournament, Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off, homemade boat race and vendors with wonderful wares and great food. The Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce is located in Whitehouse City Hall at 101A Bascom Road, Whitehouse, TX 75791. Other contact info: Web site: http://whitehousetx.com, facebook: https://www.facebook.com, or phone 903-839-4914, option 5.

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Whitehouse chamber’s LakeFest set to rock and roll Lake Tyler’s During the afConcession No. ternoon, the best 2 will be the and brightest place to be on teams will gather Saturday, May 25, on the shores as Whitehouse of the lake for Area Chamber of the homemade Commerce hosts boat race. Last the second annual year’s race saw LakeFest. about a dozen This fun-filled cleaver captains day is set to feaand their crews ture entertainment paddle, swim by local and not so and push their local bands along way through the with events for course in some of every member of the most unique LAKEFEST the family. vessels Lake Early arrivals will be greeted by the aroma Tyler has ever seen. Entry forms for all the events of mesquite smoke as those contestants in the can be found at the Chamber’s Web site www. Lonestar Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off as whitehousetx.com. preparing their prize meats for the judging later LakeFest will be located off of McElroy Road at in the day. Lake Tyler’s Concession #2, just past the entrance Young and young at heart will enjoy the car to Camp Tyler. McElroy Road can be accessed show set to showcase some great vehicles from the from Bascom Road / FM 848, two miles north past and the present. of FM 346. For directions, visit the LakeFest Fun for all will be had in the mini-dog races, facebook page: https://www.facebook.com. For washers tournament and all that area vendors will sign-up information call Phil Rogers at (903) offer at their booths. 752-7169.

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hen one hears the term “Good Country Living’’ thoughts of taking it easy by a pond or rocking on your front porch listening to the comforting sounds of nature come to mind. “Good Country Living’’ is what defines Lindale. Whether it be enjoying a trip to the historic Old Mill Pond and Parrott Park and Museum or relaxing with a night on the town with the Lindale Community Theater players, Lindale has plenty to offer visitors and residents alike. With accessibility to Interstate 20 and Highway 69 running through the center of the city, Lindale has become a destination for tourists throughout the year. Regardless of the season visitors will find something entertaining to do in Lindale, whether it is the always competitive Lindale High School football team on Friday nights at Eagle Stadium, the annual Lindale Championship Rodeo in the spring or the popular Country Fest in the fall. The Parrott Park Museum, located at 2900 S. Main Street in Lindale and built and named after Lindale native Bill Parrott, features a plethora of items which reflect the history of Lindale and the East Texas area. Admission to this one-of-a-kind museum is

free and the hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Schools, organizations and large groups of 10 or more should call ahead at least two weeks in advance to schedule a tour. The phone number is 903-882-4948. Each October, the city celebrates the arrival of fall with Country Fest, which features food, arts and crafts and activities for the children. A parade, featuring dignitaries and floats from around the East Texas area, kicks off the festivities which makes its way through downtown to the festival grounds at E.J. Moss Intermediate School. On the third weekend of May each year, the Lindale Championship Rodeo takes place featuring top of the line cowboys and stock from all over the region. Texas Rose Horse Park, located at 14078 State Highway 110 north, features several equestrian shows during the year. The big event, held each July, is Super Ride, where equestrian drill teams come from across the southwest to compete. One of the premier golf courses in Texas, Garden Valley Golf Club and Resort is rapidly becoming one of the top places to build your new Continued on page 25


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H LINDALE home. Just off I-20 at the intersection of FM 849 is Hideaway Lake Golf Club features an 18-hole course – East and two 9-hole courses, Central and West. The Lindale Community Theater, voted “Citizen of the Year’’ for 2012 by the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce, is rapidly becoming one of the most talked about theater venues in East Texas. Director Tim Mitchiner leads a troupe of dedicated thespians through four productions a year. Productions typically begin in January and run through October. It is located at 111 W. Van Street in downtown Lindale and can be reached

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nown as American’s Rose Capital, Tyler is the perfect choice for your next vacation. From the world famous Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and azalea laden neighborhoods to championship golf courses, crystal blue lakes and nationally registered museums and historic brickstreet districts—Tyler offers a uniquely stress free getaway. Located 90 miles east of Dallas on Interstate 20, the city of Tyler lies within a short distance of several lakes and surrounding woodlands. Tyler has a variety of museums, historic homes, a nationally recognized zoo and symphony. The city has 26 parks, 22 area sporting lakes and nine golf courses. Each October Tyler celebrates the local rose industry with the Texas Rose Festival and Rose Season. Rich in heritage and tradition, the Festival offers enchanting ceremonial events including the Queen’s Coronation, Rose Show, Queen’s Tea &

by calling 903-638-0402. Four miles north of Lindale off Highway 69 is Faulkner Park, which features baseball and soccer fields as well as tennis courts, a covered picnic area and a 15-acre lake bordered by a walking trail. The park sits on 170 acres of beautiful wooded land. Another park, this one closer to town, is Pool Park which has several baseball and softball fields as well as a community center, a playground and a picnic pavilion. For more information on any of the sights and activities in Lindale, call the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce at 903-882-7181.

the Texas Rose Parade all the while showcasing the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and Museum. The Rose Season is a three-week long celebration in October offering garden tours, horticultural workshops, a Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp at Kiepersol Estates Winery, wine tastings, the annual Firefighter Combat Challenge, a Texas Rose Festival Dress Design workshop, living history tours, music festivals, the Tyler Rose Marathon, a Behind-TheScenes Rose Parade Float Tour, Downtown Film Festival, Arts and Crafts Fair, chili cook-off and so much more! With November and December comes magnificent Christmas events including the annual downtown Christmas parade, a Holiday Tour of Homes, drive through nativity, Downtown Museum Open House, Victorian Christmas at the GoodmanLeGrand Home & Museum, Holiday in the Park & Bazaar, and Ballet Tyler in the amphitheater.


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urrounded by the lush green pine forests and clear blue lakes of East Texas, Kilgore has a long and unusual history that sets the stage for today’s unique community – a Main Street city that celebrates its past while also embracing an innovative future. Plantation owners settled the area before the Civil War. Kilgore itself was established in 1872 with the coming of the Great Northern railroad. A quiet farming community of 500, Kilgore was thrust into the international spotlight in the 1930s with the discovery of one of the greatest oil fields of our time. In just 10 short days, the town’s population exploded as more than 10,000 fortune seekers swarmed Kilgore from all over the world. By 1939, a forest of nearly 1,200 oil derricks crowded together within the city limits - most concentrated within one square block that became known as the World’s Richest Acre. One well was actually drilled through the terrazzo floor of the Kilgore National Bank that once stood in the area. Kilgore quickly became known as the capitol of the huge East Texas Oil Field. More than 80 oil derricks dot the Kilgore skyline today, all topped with lighted stars, earning the town the official state-recognized “City of

WORLD’S RICHEST ACRE SKYLINE AT CHRISTMAS Stars” designation. In sharp contrast to the thriving boomtown of the 1930s, Kilgore today is a city that blends its rich oil heritage with a technologically advanced business community that provides residents with an incomparable quality of life. In addition to its Continued on page 28

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by Larry Shue June 28, July 5*, 7*, 12, 14, 18*, 20*, 25, 27 An incredibly shy Englishman arrives at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, and due to a misunderstanding, the locals assume that he cannot understand English because he is … “a foreigner.” Consequently, they speak openly in his presence about their personal affairs, deepest secrets, and sinister plans, as “the foreigner” maintains his mute presence and becomes involved in a plot to sort out their tangled lives. The result is a story that is hilarious and heartwarming and full of comic surprises.

The Winter’s Tale

by William Shakespeare June 29, July 5, 7, 11*, 13*, 18, 20, 26*, 28* The Winter’s Tale is a fairy tale for adults, a beautiful story about the evil of jealousy and the power of faith and forgiveness. One of Shakespeare’s later plays, The Winter’s Tale is filled with mature wisdom infused with youthful optimism. The tale begins with a serious question, moves through lighthearted romance, and ends with a miracle.

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by Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Lowe June 30, July 4*, 6*, 11, 13, 19*, 21*, 26, 28 Camelot opened on Broadway in 1960 and won the Tony Award for best musical. Adapted from T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, it is about King Arthur and his noble, idealistic attempt to establish peace and order by creating the Knights of the Round Table. It is also the touching story of his wife Guinevere and the handsome French Sir Lancelot with whom she falls in love. The beautiful music includes the title song “Camelot,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” and “What Do the Simple Folk Do?”

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July 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 at 10 a.m. A new play by the author of last year’s Quest for the Lost Chalice, The Enchanted Woods is a modern fairy tale, touched with mystery and magic, about the powers of hope, faith, and courage.

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H KILGORE 12,000 residents, Kilgore also draws from Gregg and Rusk counties with a combined population of nearly 160,000. The people who live here see Kilgore as a friendly small town that has many characteristics of a larger community. A high tech industrial base, an outstanding public school system and community college, abundant recreational opportunities and extraordinary cultural events make Kilgore a unique small city. Chief among those cultural events is the Texas Shakespeare Festival. In April 1984, the idea for the Texas Shakespeare Festival was developed: to establish a professional summer theatre for East Texas based in Kilgore that would be housed in the Van Cliburn Auditorium; to create a company with a name that would have broad appeal to professional theatre artists, employing high caliber actors, designers and directors from throughout the nation; to offer professional actors and theatre students the luxury of working on plays from the world’s storehouse of dramatic literary masterpieces; and to create a regional play about the East Texas oilfield discovery to be produced as a cultural historical memento of our unique and colorful heritage. Two years later, in June 1986, the Texas Shakespeare Festival opened its inaugural season as Kilgore College’s contribution to the Texas

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15746 County Road 173N On the loop between FM 1249 (Dudley Road) and FM 2204 (Stone Road) Visit With Us

Regular Services Sunday… 9:15 a.m. S unday School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship 5:00 p.m. Discipleship Training Student Ministry Children’s and Preschool Choirs 6:00 p.m. Evening Worship Wednesday… 5:00 p.m. Family Dinner 5:45 p.m. Mission Groups for the Children 6:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study Student Ministry 6:40 p.m. Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Our Staff Earl W. Duggins Mark Fried Pat Monk Daniel Taylor

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Gilmer, Texas Gilmer, Texas located in the Piney Woods of Upshur County, features Lake Gilmer on ST. HWY. 852, Texas Motorized Trails Coalition at Barnwell Mountain, St. Hwy 155 N., Fox Stephens Air Field, and the Gilmer Civic Center both located on St. HWY 271

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f you are looking for a location away from the busy hustle and bustle of big cities, consider Gilmer. It’s located in the heart of East Texas less than 20 miles north of Longview and less than 40 miles east of Tyler. Gilmer is served by the Gilmer Municipal Airport, also known as Fox Stephens Field. First dedicated on Oct. 23, 1969, the facility has served a tool in bringing industry to this area and is used by local industries. Housed at Fox Stephens Field is the Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum. Lake Gilmer first opened to the public on Sept. 29, 2001 and is located on FM 852, four miles west of downtown Gilmer. Lake size is 1,010 surface acres. An additional 1, 557 acres of property has been developed into combination hiking and nature trail, known as the Kelsey Creek Sanctuary. A swimming and picnic area has been developed on nearby Armadillo Road. Lake Gilmer has been stocked with Florida large mouth bass, black crappie and channel catfish.

The East Texas Yamboree, one of the oldest continuous festivals in Texas, was established in 1935. Through the years, the Yamboree has grown from a local event to one that draws a crowd from around Texas and surrounding states. About 100,000 people attend the four-day event each October. The Gilmer Civic center is a premiere events center for Gilmer and Upshur County. Opened in October, 1996 the civic center has served Gilmer and the East Texas area with cultural events, concerts, banquets and other events. The center has approximately 25,000 square feet of space, featuring a 5,000 ft. banquet area and auditorium with a full stage, sound system, dressing rooms and loading dock. The Gilmer Civic Center has hosted such diverse events as wrestling matches, wedding receptions, proms, and world-class concerts featuring Ray Price, Miranda Lambert as well as local bands.

H KILGORE the Main Street Program, Kilgore’s downtown is a year-round draw for the city. Downtown Kilgore also provides the stage for most of the community events sponsored by the City of Kilgore, the Chamber of Commerce or other groups. The holidays are an especially active time, beginning with the St. Luke’s Pumpkin Patch in October and downtown trick or treating, and continuing through the annual Christmas parade, lighting of the oil derricks, and community festival Christmas in the Patch, as well as a local tour of homes. As if that weren’t enough, the Kilgore Chamber also sponsor Mt. Kilgore Snow Hill, giving Kilgore residents and visitors the chance to experience at least one day of sledding and snowball fights. Downtown also makes a fitting host for the East Texas Oil Men’s fall chili cook-off. The streets are packed so tightly for this popular event that it recalls the city’s boomtown days and overnight population explosion. For those wanting to experience that storied time in Kilgore history, the East Texas Oil Museum offers an informative and entertaining trip back in time. Located on the campus of Kilgore College, this fascinating museum houses the authentic re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Here, visitors see the people, their towns, their personal habits, their tools and their pastimes – all colorfully depicted in dioramas,

movies, sound presentations and actual antiques donated by East Texas citizens. Kilgore College also houses the Rangerette Showcase, honoring the world’s first dance-drill team and its founder, Gussie Nell Davis. Another Kilgore attraction also harkens back to its glory days. The East Texas Pump Jacks were born at a news conference on Jan. 16, 2008, beginning a new era of baseball in East Texas. As a new member of the Texas Collegiate League, the Jacks promised to deliver some of the top college baseball talent from around the country to local fans as part of an entertaining and affordable night at the ballpark. The team would call Kilgore’s historic Driller Park home, breathing new life into the venerable facility. Built in 1947 and occupied by a minor league team until 1950, Driller is widely regarded as the top baseball facility in East Texas.


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n East Texas tradition continues as the City of Overton prepares for its 25th annual Bluegrass Festival, set this year for June 7-8 in Overton City Park. Friday, June 7 will be an ALL Gospel Bluegrass event. The festival will have Opening Ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Bands will begin at 6 p.m. and play until around 10:30 p.m. Tickets for Friday are $15, with  students half price and children under 16 free with a paid adult Saturday's bands (June 8) will begin at 1 p.m. and play until around 11 p.m. Tickets for Saturday are $20, with  students half price and children under 16 free with a paid adult. Twoday tickets are $25. Come for the festival and stay and enjoy a nine-hole golf course, fishing lake, RV park, and casual jamming all weekend. For more information, visit www. overtonbluegrass.com.

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Explore ET oil heritage at Gaston Museum The Gaston Museum invites you to re-visit life in the East Texas Oil Field from the early 1930s to the late 1960s. Gaston Museum is located in Joinerville, approximately six miles West of Henderson. The museum's physical address is 6562 Texas State Highway 64 West. The East Texas Oil Field's discovery well, The Daisy Bradford #3, is located 2.2 miles from the museum. Gaston Museum staff will provide driving directions to the discovery well site. The museum's new exhibit building, designed by Charles Croft, was dedicated and occupied in June, 2005. Exhibits give you a glimpse of life in the East Texas oil field in the 1930s and 1940s. The Gaston Museum has memorabilia from the boom era, family history, antique radio display with original equipment, original equipment from 1930's radio repair shop, Gaston School, businesses, churches, and we honor our Veterans with a Wall Of Honor. Continued on page 40

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London Museum captures tragic moment in history

London Museum

10690 Main Street (P.O. Box 477) New London, Texas 75682

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The London Museum and Tea Room preserves memorabilia concerning the tragic explosion at the London School in 1937, when almost 300 people were killed. The museum features a wealth of information about the events of that tragic day and the aftermath, which drew the attention of the entire world on this small oilfield community in East Texas. In addition to photos, newspaper clippings and telegraphs from world leaders, the museum features replicas of school classrooms. Visitors can also browse the selection of books which have been written about the explosion. Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday (March 1Aug. 31) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 903895-4602.

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elcome to Henderson, a quaint town that is full of southern hospitality and charm. Henderson is a Texas Main Street City and a National Main Street City and was named after the first governor of the state, James Pinckney Henderson. Our National Register Historic District is one of the most picturesque downtowns in the East Texas area. Colorful canvas awnings highlight the historic buildings and offer shade to shoppers browsing the antique and eclectic shops, upscale retailers and eateries. The restored Opera House is home to the Henderson Civic Theatre. The theatre produces four productions, a children’s workshop and a children’s production each year. The Howard Dickinson House at 501 South Main is one of the most important and historic buildings in Henderson. It was built in 1855 and was the first brick home in Henderson. Sam Houston was a frequent visitor of the Howards. Come and enjoy the spring Wildflower Driving Tour. The self driving tour has three itineraries within Rusk County. Driving maps are available upon request or may be down loaded at www.hendersontx.us. Come join in the fun at the Rusk County Expo Center. The covered facility is one of the finest of its kind in the state and is located on Hwy. 13 West adjacent to the Rusk County Airport. The complex

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has 100,000 square feet with a capacity of 4,700. Equine events are held weekly including team penning, barrel racing, cutting horse competitions, cattle sales, goat shows, rodeos, tractor events and much more. The Depot Museum houses the Rusk County History Museum and Children’s Discovery Center at 514 N. High Street. It encompasses five acres with 13 structures and a restored 1901 Missouri Pacific Railroad caboose. Also, on the grounds is the Arnold Outhouse that was awarded a Texas historical marker giving Henderson legitimate claim to fame as the location of the “Fanciest Little Outhouse in Texas.” The City of Henderson and the Depot Museum produce the Heritage Syrup Festival also known as the “Sweetest Festival in Texas.” Each year, on the second Saturday of November, the tradition of ribbon cane syrup making is commemorated at the Depot Museum. The highlight of the festival is the grinding of the cane stalks by mule driven power and syrup makers cooking the juice into golden brown cane syrup. Folk artist such as lace makers, baskets makers, wood carvers, knife makers, weavers, spinners, pottery makers and many more create their works of art at the only folk life festival in northeast Texas. Hayride shuttles, sponsored by the

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$3 Adults $2 Senior $1 Child $1 Carousel Rides www.depotmuseum.com depot@depotmuseum.com The Depot Museum houses the Rusk County History Museum and Children’s Discovery Center. Clustered on five acres are twelve restored structures from Rusk County’s past. A video introduces guests to the early residents of Rusk County - an intriguing blend of Native Americans, settlers, and oil-hungry wildcatters. Also on the grounds is the Rusk County Historical Commission and Genealogy Office.

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Destination East Texas H GASTON MUSEUM

Revisit life in the East Texas Oil Field from the early 1930s to the late 1960s. Located in Joinerville, approximately 6 miles west of Henderson. The East Texas Oil Field's discovery well, The Daisy Bradford #3, is located 2.2 miles from the museum.

Open 10 am - 4 pm Thursday-Friday 10 am - 1 pm Saturday Other times by appointment 903-657-6348 6562 Highway 64 West Joinerville, Texas 903-847-2205

The White's Snack Shop building is part of the museum's exhibits. This historical building is being preserved for visitors to the Gaston Museum. White's Snack Shop was the center of entertainment during the oil boom playing an important role in the development of Joinerville and the East Texas Oil Field. Visitors may tour the Sid White family home, once an 'oil field tent house' converted into a permanent dwelling with the ceiling installed using the rafters supporting the tent roof - hence the original tent is visible. The living room of the home is the original tent with the original floor. The 1930 era Dixie Service Station is also on the museum site. All buildings have original furnishings. Military Veterans are honored with "Gaston's Wall of Honor." Pictures of veterans from World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War and peace time, associated with Gaston School, line the Wall of Honor room. Military artifacts are included. Other exhibits include: "East Texas Oil Field," "Boom Town Businesses," "Churches of the Area," "Early Families,” "Boy Scouts," "Gaston School," and others. "History of Joinerville" was presented during the 2002 season.

Durango’s Canyon Campground and Event Center. The Premium outdoor Entertainment Venue in the heart of East Texas. Centrally located in East Texas, Durango’s Canyon provides a great place for both vacations, weekends, or overnight. All East Texas attractions are less than an hour away. It is out in the country where the skies have stars and the air is fresh. Amenities such as full RV hookups with Pull Thrus, Cabins, Camping, Golf Cart and Walking Trails, Fishing Ponds, Swimming Hole, and Outdoor Concerts in the Crater Amphitheater make Durango’s Canyon your choice for a great getaway location.

The Crater Club

Located on the rim of the Crater Amphitheater overlooking the stage is a Private Club (Memberships Available) with full beverage and food service from Burgers to Steaks. Live Entertainment most weekends from Country to Blues, Comedy Acts, and Piano Bars. Durango’s Canyon 1039 FM 1798 W. Mount Enterprise, TX 75681

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ladewater is the antique capital of East Texas, a Texas Main Street and a National Main Street city as well as a favorite tourism spot, where visitors can enjoy a bit of past while browsing through the quaint old buildings. You will find over 200 antique and crafter’s in over 30 antique malls and individual shops, bed and breakfast inns, restaurants, bakeries and down home entertainment. World famous PRCA rodeo, massive East Texas Gusher Days, Arts & Crafts Festival, opry, lake recreations and the infamous July 4th Fireworks at Lake Gladewater. Located on U.S. Highway 80 and State Highway 271, Gladewater is 105 miles east of Dallas. We welcome you to come and visit us as we treasure the past while embracing the future. Gladewater was founded by the Texas and Pacific Railway Company in 1873 on land bought from Jarrett Dean and Anderson White. A community called St. Clair, two miles to the east, moved to Gladewater when the railroad announced that the only mail stop in the area would be there; residents from Point Pleasant, also bypassed by the railroad, moved to Gladewater. The first post office at Gladewater was established on August 22, 1873. The town’s

Calendar events 28th Annual East Texas Gusher Days ......Apr 13, 19, 20, 27 9th Annual Apron Strings: Ties to the Past ............. May 11 76th Annual Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo .......... June 5-8 3rd Annual Main Street Highway 80 Car Cruise ......June 29 Fireworks Display at Beautiful Lake Gladewater ......July 6 3rd Annual Main Street Art Stroll............................Aug 10 40th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival ................Sept 21, 22 10th Annual Gladewater Black Rodeo .......................Oct 5 Emergency Services Fall Fest ..................................Oct 26 Christmas time in Gusherville Antique District Open Late .....................................Nov 9 Christmas Parade ................................................... Dec 3 Community Spaghetti Dinner ................................. Dec 5 Gladewater Chamber of Commerce 215 N Main Str. Gladewater, TX

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name probably originated from its proximity to Glade Creek, a stream that rose in a rather barren region called the Glades. In 1874 Gladewater was incorporated with a mayor-alderman government. The incorporation lapsed, and a new charter was not obtained until 1931, when an influx of population necessitated organized city government. In 1955 Gladewater adopted a council-mayor form of government. The population grew slowly during the nineteenth century; the town had only 163 people in 1880 and 259 in 1900. In the area around Gladewater lumbering was a major activity, although farming was also important; cotton was the major crop. In 1908 the town had ten stores, one bank, two blacksmith shops, two hotels, a gin, a sawmill, and a planing mill. It continued to grow slowly until 1931. On April 7, 1931, the first Gladewater oil well blew in. It was located one mile outside town in the Sabine River bottom. Oil production led to a population increase during the 1930s from about 500 persons to around 8,000. In 1940, after the oil boom, Gladewater had a population of 4,454. Civic improvements in the 1940s included an extensive paving projContinued on page 50


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Diboll is nestled in the beautiful Pineywoods of East Texas. It is home to Neches Pines Golf Course, Old Orchard Park, TLL Temple Memorial Library, The History Center and the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. Diboll is located on Highway 59,10 miles south of Lufkin. Less than 2 hours from Tyler, Kilgore and other East Texas communities. www.cityofdiboll.com/visitors


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iboll is nestled in the beautiful Pineywoods of East Texas. Founded in 1894 by Virginia native Thomas Lewis Latane Temple as the home of Southern Pine Lumber Copany, Diboll has always served the forest industry. Today, Diboll is home to six types of industry, as well as numerous food establishments and small businesses. The Diboll Independent School District provides an excellent place for area children to learn, right here at home. NECHES PINES GOLF COURSE The Neches Pines Golf Course provides residents and visitors with an enjoyable 7,014 yards of golf with unmatched views of the East Texas Pineywoods. A club house, driving range, cartrental service and knowledgeable staff ensure that everything you need for a great round of golf can be found right here in Diboll. OLD ORCHARD PARK Old Orchard Park is 66 acres shaded by pecan trees, a perfect place for a picnic, birthday party or a family reunion. A popular stop for annual trail rides, the park features numerous ball fields, covered pavilions, amphitheater and duck pond as well as a concreted paved hike and bike trail connecting the park with the ball fields, golf course, civic center and history center. TLL TEMPLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY The award-winning TLL Temple Memorial

H HENDERSON Rusk County 4 - H Club, provide rustic transportation between the Depot Museum and the Downtown Heritage Square. The festival’s Downtown location includes over 200 arts & crafts, retail and food vendors, musical entertainment, antique and classic car exhibits, cloggers, square dancers, children’s activities, pony rides, a petting zoo and a melodrama in the restored Opera House. Re-live the Days of Black Gold with the Historic Driving Tour of the East Texas Oilfield. Revisit the oilfield of the 1930’s at the Gaston Museum when Rusk County was the largest oilfield in the world. Visit the London Museum and learn why odor is inserted into natural gas and view Adolph Hitler’s telegram and Walter Cronkite’s report. One of the newer attractions in Henderson is the Henderson Civic Center located on a sloping site overlooking Lake Forest Park on Highway 64. With flexible meeting space and a full slate of amenities, the Henderson Civic Center is the perfect site for business meetings, conferences, banquets, weddings and other special events.

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Library houses more than 44,000 volumes, public –access computers and the Judge John Hannah Reading Room, which contains artifacts from the federal judge’s life in office. The library hosts an annual summer reading program for children and teens, frequently provides educational opportunities for patrons located all over East Texas. THE HISTORY CENTER Whether you are new to East Texas or have lived here all your life, you can probably find something to interest you at The History Center. The free-to-the-public archival facility is home to more than 11,500 square feet of historical materials and more than 250,000 photographs that document the rich history of East Texas and the forestry and railroad industries that call this region home. Come climb aboard Engine 13, the restored 1920 Baldwin steam locomotive. Ring the bell, blow the whistle, explore the caboose and experience the sights and sounds of railroading’s exciting past. LOTTIE AND ARTHUR TEMPLE CIVIC CENTER The newly renovated Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center features more than 5,400 square feet of space that can be used for plays, business meetings, receptions or anything else you can dream up. Amenities include wireless internet, sound system, catering kitchen and a portable dance floor.

Wineries in East Texas Enoch’s Stomp 870 County Rd 4312 Harleton,Texas 903-240-1587 www.enochsstomp.com Tara Vinyard & Winery 8603 County Rd. 3914 Athens,Texas 903-675-7023 www.tarawinery.com Sweet Dreams Winery 2549 County Rd. 441 Palestine,Texas 903-549-2027 www.sweetdreamswinery.com Kiepersol Estates 3933 FM 364 E. Tyler,Texas 903-894-8995 www.kiepersol.com

Maydelle Country Wines County Rd. 2108 Maydelle,Texas 903-795-3915 www.maydellewines.com Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards County Rd 1334 Pittsburg,Texas 903-855-1769 www.lospinosranchvineyards.com The Blue Armadillo Winery 2702 Lee Street Greenville, Texas 903-455-9463 www.bluearmadillowinery.com Landon Winery 2508 Lee Street Greenville, Texas 903-454-7878 www.landonwinery.com


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helby County is located in the eastern part of the Texas Forest Country. Center, the largest town and the county seat is home to the crown jewel of Shelby County, the historic Shelby County courthouse located on the downtown square. Built in 1885, the courthouse was modeled after an Irish castle by architect J.J. E. Gibson, an Irish immigrant. As the story goes Mr. Gibson was instructed to install an escape hatch next to the judge’s bench just in case the verdict he handed down was not well received. Two guards were posted at the back with shotguns to ensure that no one left until the judge was safely on his horse and gone. The 1884 jail designed and built by Mr. Gibson is now home to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Throughout the year Shelby County is host to several festivals and events with the Republic of Texas Celebration in March, Go Hog Wild BBQ Cook-Off in March, Shelby County Bloomin’ on the Square in April, the Center Fly-In and Air Show in May, Health and Fitness Fair in April, the East Texas Energy Expo, the WHATA-Melon Festival, tournament baseball in July, and the East Texas Poultry Festival in October.

HISTORIC SHELBY COUNTY COURTHOUSE With the opening of the John D. Windham Civic Center one sees Shelby County and the City of Center growing with other opportunities for conventions, conferences, celebrations, receptions, musical performances and events. A broad selection of entertainment and recreation is accessible with Toledo Bend Lake which is great for fishing and camping, a variety of restaurants, shopping, art galleries and antique shops on the historic downtown square which welcomes folks to come visit and stay awhile.

EAST TEXAS LAKES LAKE NAME

SIZE (ACRES)

Lake Palestine

25,560

1885 Historic Courthouse

Lake Tyler

2,224

Daily tours M-F 10-2 p.m.

East Lake Tyler

2,276

Toledo Bend Reservoir

181,600

Lake Jacksonville

1,320

Lake Striker

1,863

Lake Fork

27,264

Lake Hawkins

633

Lake Athens

1,799

Lake Gladewater

481

Lake Gilmer

1,010

Lake O'The Pines

16,919

Lake Sam Rayburn

114,500

Lake Livingston

90,000

Wright Patman Lake

18,994

Caddo Lake

26,800

Cedar Creek Lake

32,623

Lake Tawakoni

37,879

Lake Conroe

20,118

Lake Bob Sandlin

9,004

Nacogdoches Lake

2,212

Visit Shelby County

Gateway to the Texas Forest Country • Historic 1885 Courthouse • Historic 1885 Jail-Home to Shelby County Chamber of Commerce • Shelby County Museum • Antique Centers • Lakes Area Arts League • Toledo Bend Lake • Go TexAn Certified Retirement Community • Republic of Texas Celebration – 1st Saturday in March • Go Hog Wild BBQ Cook-off - April 6 • Shelby County Bloomin’ on the Square - April 13 • Center Fly-In & Air Show - April 27 • Independence Day Celebration - Tenaha - July 4 • Timpson Frontier Days Downtown Timpson July 5 & 6 • WHAT-A-Melon Festival July 11 - 13 • east Texas Poultry Festival october 3-5 • Lodging • Sporting Goods Paradise • Art Gallery

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 100 Courthouse Square A-101 Center, Texas 75935 936-598-3682 info@shelbycountychamber.com www.shelbycountychamber.com


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Longview – 2131 S. Mobberly Ave. • (903) 758-3551 M-F, 8am-5pm; Sat., 8am-3pm MarshaLL – 805 Lindsey Street • (903) 927-6140 M-F, 7am-6pm; Sat., 8am-1pm white oaK – 1735 Willow Lake Dr. • (903) 297-5740 M-F, 8am-5pm

FaMily MeDiciNe KiLgore – 1711 S. Henderson Blvd., Ste. 300 (903) 983-1578 • M-F, 8am-5pm MarshaLL – 620 Grove St., Ste. 105 (903) 934-5480 • M-F, 8am-5pm haLLsviLLe – The Family Healthcare Center 302 S. Central • (903) 668-3400 • M-F, 8am-5pm Jefferson – Genesis PrimeCare 903 N. Walcott St. • (903) 665-9500 M-Th, 8am-5pm; Fri., 8am-Noon Longview – Good Shepherd Medicine Clinic 703 E. Marshall Ave., Ste. 5007 • (903) 315-5600 M-F, 8am-5pm Longview urgent care – Taylor Medical Center 1761 Northwest Loop 281 • (903) 297-1733 M-F, 7am-11pm; Sat., 8am-7pm; Sun., 8am-6pm MarshaLL – Genesis PrimeCare 811 S. Washington (University St. Entrance) • (903) 938-1146 M, W, Th, 7:30am-5:30pm; Tues., 8am-6pm; Fri., 8am-Noon


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SandwicheS Sliced Beef…........................................................$4.90

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Jalapeno Cheese Sausage….........Sm. $3.00 Lg. $5.00

PlateS

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Whole Brisket………......................………$60.00

Whole Turkey……...............................……$60.00

Pound

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t’s easy to understand why Longview  offers  an authentic East Texas experience. 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 Living. In the heart of the historical  Main Street  district stands Longview’s landmark clock tower on the beautifully renovated Tyler Street. Antique shops, boutiques, speciality stores, restaurants, sandwich shops and more line the streets of downtown. Festivals are a favorite attraction for Longview with the  Outdoor Expo  kicking off the year each January, Party in the Pines Motorcycle Rally on Memorial Day weekend followed by May’s  AlleyFestand the  Great Texas Balloon Race  in July. Other special events include Freeze Your Fanny bike ride, the Longview Kennel Club’s annual AKC Dog Show,  Cinco de Mayo, and Zonta Antique Show and Sale Cultural activities bring a special spice to the city’s lifestyle. The performing arts include an excellent symphony orchestra, ballet and regional opera all with annual production schedules. Longview is home to the East Texas Symphonic Band and ArtsView Children’s Theatre. Longview boasts a world-class museum of fine art and fascinating historical museums.

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Artsview Children’s Theatre ArtsView Children’s Theatre is a progressive theatre arts program with several productions put on throughout the year. Casts consist of children and youth. Longview Ballet Theatre Longview Ballet Theatre is a group of innovative and dedicated people with a love and passion for the art of classical dance. East Texas Symphonic Band East Texas Symphonic Band is made up of volunteer musicians who provide free concerts to the East Texas community. Formal and informal celebrations of “the people’s music” are presented annually. Longview Symphony Our professional Longview Symphony hosts five major concerts and a chamber music concert each season and December brings the highly popular “Night in Old Vienna.” Advanced reservations are suggested. Opera East Texas Opera East Texas is a year round company with a blended national and local cast and crew of over fifty. Fully professional orchestra performances are held in early June. Longview Museum of Fine Arts Continued on page 48

ExpEriEncE it through · Caddo Collection · Black History Month · Architecture Lecture Series · Educational Programs · Dalton Days · Confederate History -Heritage Month

· High Tea · Sports Legends of Gregg County sponsored by

(the Cook Traveling Exhibit)

· Landmarks of Longview

-Architectural Home Tours

· Cemetery Tour · Living History Christmas

-Holiday Model Train Exhibit

Gregg County Historical Museum 214 N. Fredonia street

SPECIAL THANKS TO

CITY OF LONGVIEW • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES • ADVISORY COMMISSION

(903) 753-5840

info@Gregghistorical.org www.Gregghistorical.org


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efferson is located on Big Cypress Bayou in the Cypress Valley of Northeast Texas. It is the county seat for Marion County. Jefferson was named for Thomas Jefferson and was conceived as a port city. In 1845, when obstructions were removed from Big Cypress Bayou, steamboats could reach Jefferson from New Orleans. After the arrival of the first steamboat, Jefferson became a boom town where many pioneers to Texas first set foot on Texas soil when they disembarked from the steamboats. Jefferson became a port of entry into the Republic of Texas and then the State of Texas. It was also a shipping port for those who wished to sell agricultural products, especially cotton. During Jefferson’s Golden Era as a steamboat port from 1845 until 1875, it became a cosmopolitan town like most port cities with a confluence of cultures and businesses. The architectural styles, which developed in Jefferson during this period of prosperity, resembled those of New Orleans. The homes were primarily of Greek revival design. When the log raft was removed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the year 1873, the water level in Big Cypress Bayou was reduced and navigation to Jefferson was threatened. Rail-

roads were also extended during this period of time across Texas, which reduced Jefferson‘s commercial market area. The town ceased to be a prominent port city and commercial center. However, many of the mid-nineteenth century homes and buildings remain. Jefferson has become a community with a high quality of life. Tourists come to Jefferson seeking the ambience, relaxation and activities which are provided here. Jefferson boasts many bed and breakfast inns, restaurants, places of entertainment and shops. There are boat rides on Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake, wagon and surrey rides, rides on an antique narrow-gauge railroad train and tours of historic homes. One of the most common statements from those who have experienced Jefferson is “Jefferson is a magical place and a town that time forgot.” Today, Jefferson is a quaint small town featuring tour attractions reminiscent of its heyday. Its streets are lined with antique and gift shops stocked with unique treasures. Horse-drawn carriages and trolleys tour along the original brick streets. Just one block away from downtown are riverboat tours of Big Cypress Bayou, the same waterway once traveled by stern-wheelers. Evenings in town offer live theater productions, as well as a variety of dining choices. Retiring for the night in Jefferson offers the opportunity to experience any of the over 60 Bed and Breakfast establishments, including the Excelsior Hotel. The Railway is a part of the thriving community of Jefferson sponsoring major events throughout the year. Visitors look forward all year to Route 49 Biker Rally in March, Diamond Don’s Riverport National Vintage Motocross in April, The Great Locomotive Chase & Civil War Living History in May, Jefferson Train Days also in May, Jefferson Salutes the Cowboy in July, Runaway Fright Train in October and the Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s train in November and December.

H LONGVIEW Longview Museum of Fine Arts originated in 1958 and exhibits six shows per year, including works from artists from Texas and the Southwest, as well as international artists. The museum houses a collection of over 300 pieces featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, woodblock, pottery and etchings. Longview is the hometown of Country Western star Neal McCoy and the Neal McCoy Fan Club. Neal has been named Entertainer of the Year two times by TNN / Music City News in 1998 & 1999. In 2005, Neal received the ACM / Home Depot Humanitarian Award for his work with the East Texas Angel Network.


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exarkana USA is really two cities located in the northeast corner of Texas and the southwest corner of Arkansas! When you visit Texarkana, you’ll see why people say it’s “Twice as Nice!” There are two of almost everything: two city mayors, two city governments, two police departments, and two fire departments. All of this, however, makes up one outstanding community! Of course, the Texarkana of today is so much more: a thriving metro-center serving nineteen counties in four states. Its diversified economy is supported by manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, transportation, education and retail. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the moderate climate and a variety of recreational and entertainment activities. Who named Texarkana is up for debate. The popular version credits Colonel Gus Knobel, who surveyed this section for the Iron Mountain Railroad right-of-way from Little Rock. The story goes that Colonel Knobel wrote “Tex-Ark-Ana” on a board and nailed it to a tree and remarked that this was the name of the town that would be built here. Colonel Knobel thought he was at or near the spot where the borders of three states met. So he named the city after these states - Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. (In actuality, the Louisiana border is approximately 30 miles away.) We welcome you to discover our very unique city! A visit to Texarkana, USA reveals a host of historic treasures: annual festivals, entertainment from performing arts, professional baseball, stock car races, art exhibits, shopping, great outdoors and sports, wonderful restaurants and a citizenry proud to call Texarkana home! With so many family-friendly activities, lakes and woodlands, parks, sporting events, ballets, concerts, gallery shows, antique shops, museums, historical sites, golf courses and rodeos to choose from, you’ll see why in Texarkana, life is so large it takes two states! This listing only includes a few of Texarkana’s fine attractions: STATE LINE POST OFFICE AND FEDERAL BUILDING 500 State Line Avenue, (903) 794-8561 One of the most unique features of Texarkana is the ONLY U.S. Post Office sitting in two states. This Post Office straddles Texas and Arkansas and has separate zip codes, 71854 for Texarkana, Arkansas and 75501 for Texarkana, Texas. Built in 1932-33 the structure features a base of pink granite from Texas and walls of limestone from Arkansas. Remarkably, Texarkana boasts this to be the most photographed courthouse in the United States, second only to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. UNIQUE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AT PHOTOGRAPHER’S ISLAND! Experience a truly unique photo opportunity while straddling the Texas / Arkansas State Line at Photographer’s Island, located in front of the Post Office. When you’re ready for a photo so large it takes two states, come strike a pose on photog-

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rapher’s island! 500 State Line Ave., Texarkana, USA. HISTORIC PEROT THEATRE 219 Main Street, (903) 792-4992 for the Box Office Marvel at the Perot Theatre located in downtown Texarkana. The theatre is a jewel in the region, bringing the best of Broadway, classical music, ballet, jazz, modern dance and more to Texarkana. First opened in 1924 as the Saenger Theatre, Emil Weil’s Italian Renaissance design is an architectural marvel. Through the generosity of native son H. Ross Perot, his sister Bette Perot, and area residents, the beautiful old theatre was saved and restored into one of the nation’s major performing arts centers. Throughout the year, the Perot Theatre Series brings national and international productions to the region. To schedule a tour, call the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC), (903) 792-8681. REGIONAL ARTS CENTER 4th & Texas Boulevard, (903) 792-8681 The beautifully renovated Regional Arts Center originated in 1909 as a United States District Courthouse. The old courtroom is now a grand hall with a 26-foot-high ceiling. National touring art exhibitions grace gallery walls twelve months a year, and the halls ring out when the rolls are playing on the unique reproducing player piano. The building is an example of Classical Revival architecture featuring ornate plaster, a copper cage elevator, and a grand hall with a 26 foot ceiling. Today the Center serves as the focal point for the visual arts and houses the only art museum in the region featuring national touring, juried and invitational exhibitions. The year-round programming also includes classes, lectures, workshops, film series and tours. Also inside the Center is the For Arts’ Sake Gift Shop filled with unique gifts. Not to be missed! For further information, contact TRAHC, the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Inc. P.O. Box 1171, Texarkana, TX 75504. SCOTT JOPLIN MURAL 311 Main Street Check out the Scott Joplin Mural! This unique landmark is a colorful, outdoor mural that depicts the life and accomplishments of the Pulitzer Prizewinning composer and area native, Scott Joplin. The mural also features accurate musical notes of the final measures of Joplin’s famous song, The Entertainer. This catchy tune stirred a revival of interest in ragtime music. The mural is located on the south wall of the building at 311 Main St. near the Perot Theatre. MUSEUMS: ACE OF CLUBS HOUSE 420 Pine Street, (903) 793-4831 Don’t miss the Ace of Clubs House, uniquely designed and built in 1885. Legend has it that entrepreneur James H. Draughon built the 22 sided house with the winnings from a poker game and that the winning card was the Ace of Clubs. Each Continued on page 50


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H TEXARKANA room represents a specific period in the history of the house and reveals interesting insights into the lifestyle of the families who lived there. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission: Adults- $5, Students- $3.50, Senior Citizens- $4.50, children under 5 years admitted for free. Group tour rates and guided tours are available. MUSEUM OF REGIONAL HISTORY 219 State Line Avenue, (903) 793-4831 Located in the oldest brick building in Texarkana, the Historical Museum offers a wide range of exhibits. Visitors will enjoy the Victorian Parlor, an interactive musical exhibit dedicated to Scott Joplin, the “Father of Ragtime Music”; and replicas of a Doctor’s Office, an 1890’s Farmstead model; and other displays depicting the early history of Texarkana. There is also an exhibit that focuses on the Caddo Indians that lived in the area and includes Caddo pottery, tools, and other artifacts. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission: Adults- $2, Students$1, Senior Citizens- $1.50, children under 5 years admitted for free. DISCOVERY PLACE MUSEUM 215 Pine Street, (903) 793-4831 The young and the young at heart will enjoy looking into the past and future while visiting this unique museum. The Discovery Place Museum has a one-of-a-kind 12 ft. sound wall, giant ani-

Walker Manor

Walker Manor is a Bed & Breakfast that offers private tours. The 3rd annual Mother’s Day Tea is coming May 11, 2013 from 10am to noon and tickets are $12 per person. Call for reservations:

903-845-7054

mal murals, and large scale hands-on permanent exhibits focusing on science, history and human perception. A special dress-up theatre and tot spot for younger visitors also create an atmosphere where learning comes alive for the entire family. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm. Admission: $4 per person, children under 5 years admitted for free. TEX-ARK ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM 217 LAUREL Street, (879) 772-2886 The Auto Museum is located between Third and Broad Streets in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. It is open from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and from 1 pm to 4 pm on Sundays. Special tours are also offered through the week by appointment only. The Museum contains a rotating (every three months cars are changed out) display of some 22 vehicles representing 4 to 5 decades of auto manufacturing along with varied automobile related items for your viewing pleasure. The Museum does not charge admission, but it does accept donations. A library with automobile related books, periodicals, and newsletters is also on the premises. For additional information about Texarkana, you are invited to contact the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, 819 State Line Avenue, Texarkana, AR-TX 75501, Email: chamber@texarkana.org or phone: (903) 792-7191.

H GLADEWATER ect and a commercial airfield. Between 1940 and 1960 the population grew to 5,742. Lake Gladewater, constructed in 1954, provides recreation for city residents. During the 1970s Gladewater moved from an oil-oriented to a more diversified economy, primarily because of depletion of oil resources in the area. The movement of salt water into the western edge of the large East Texas oilfield affected Gladewater first. By 1980 the town had a total of 6,548 residents, 4,311 in Gregg County and 2,237 in Upshur County. The economy in the 1980s depended on the oil industry and related activities and on the manufacture of such products as furniture, clothing, paper products, and boats. The lumber industry is also important, as is agriculture. In 1990 the community was known for its numerous antique stores. The population was 6,027. Important annual festivals include the East Texas Gusher Days in April, the Roundup Rodeo in June and the Arts and Crafts Festival in September. Other attractions include Lee’s Daffodil Garden in the spring, Gladewater Saturday Night Opry, the Gladewater Veterans War Memorial, golf at the Gladewater Country Club and the year-round recreation available at Lake Gladewater.


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Mineola 2013 Calendar April 6th......................................... Mineola Chamber Awards Dinner April 12th & 13th.......................... MLOTA Art Show April 19th, 20th & 21st ................ Hwy. 80 Sale April 20th....................................... Mineola Music on Main Street May 3rd & 4th .............................. Mineola May Days May 4th ......................................... Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast May 18th ........................................ Mineola Music on Main Street June 15th ........................................ Mineola Music on Main Street July 4th ........................................... Mineola Civic Center 4th of July July 8th-12th.................................. MLOTA Summer Kids Camp July 12th & 13th ............................ Mineola VFD Annual Rodeo July 20th ......................................... Mineola Music on Main Street August 17th ................................... Mineola Music on Main Street August 17th thru 24th.................. MLOTA Samplers Week September 10th ............................. Mineola Hay Show September 21st.............................. City Wide Fall Clean Up Mineola Music on Main Street October 11th & 12 ........................ MLOTA Quilt Show October 12th ................................. Bigfoot Nature Fest October 18th, 19th & 20th .......... Hwy. 80 Sale October 19th ................................. Mineola Music on Main Street October 31st .................................. Halloween Block Party November 3rd ............................... Iron Horse Festival Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast Mineola Metric Century Bike Ride November 9th ............................... Veteran’s Day Parade November 16th ............................. Mineola Music on Main Street December 7th ............................... Historic Downtown Tour Carriage Rides Christmas Parade December 21st ............................. Mineola Music on Main Street


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aybe it’s being at the crossroads of two major highways, maybe it’s the eclectic mix of eateries and antique shops or maybe it’s just the pastoral East Texas scenery. Whatever the reason, people frequently find their experiences with Mineola, a proud Main Street City of 25 years, to be memorable. Visitors have said once they’ve discovered Mineola, it is habit forming. Some have incorporated annual and seasonal visits to celebrations and parks. Others come here on weekends, and still others have found a way to move here. It’s not just another pretty town, but a place where one can enjoy the historic ambience while visiting spots such as the longest continuouslyrunning movie house in the state, the refurbished Select Theater in the heart of downtown. Founded in 1929 it is the subject of a documentary film titled “The Pride of Mineola” that premiered there March 22 and that is destined for film festivals. The charming town is dotted with many historical markers located in front of businesses, homes and cemeteries. In Mineola, there are 38 state markers, one National Historic Register designation and 31 local markers. The Transportation Plaza and Depot is the arrival and departure point for twice daily Amtrak Eagle trains and also houses a collection of railroad memorabilia nostalgic of the town’s railroad origins. And the Mineola Historic Museum in the old post office is a source of

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pride after local residents refused to let the wellused old building set vacant when the postal service was moved to a new building. Mineola merchants have managed to make each shop their own with an array of merchandise that calls for a day’s worth of exploring for not only antiques, but clothing, accessories, collectibles and other treasures. If all that exploring has worked up an appetite, not to worry. Memorable hamburgers, juicy steaks, sumptuous salads, delicious pizza, barbecue, hot wings, Italian food and choices of Mexican (both Tex Mex and authentic homemade) and Chinese food restaurants can solve that dilemma. And not to forget the sweet tooth, all this can be perfectly completed with decadent cupcakes, fantastic fudge (To Die For, an actual name of one variety) homemade candy and gourmet coffee. The finishing point could be the downtown gazebo. It is not just any gazebo, but an awardwinner commemorating the efforts that went into its construction. It is the centerpiece for many downtown activities, public and private. A pavilion is right across the railroad tracks and is the home to the Main Street Farmers Market every Saturday morning in the summer while supplies last. During the Christmas season the gazebo is bejeweled with sparkling lights and beckons as an irresistible photo opportunity as well as a spot to relax and contemplate plans for your next trip to Mineola.


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Explore and encounter the beauty of outdoors The vision of past leaders has benefitted not only Mineola area residents but visitors alike with recreational sites such as the Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River, a youth foundation ballpark and four lakes in Wood County. In the 1960s, Wood County commissioners decided to build a lake in each of the four divisions (precincts) of the county. West of Mineola the county lake is named Lake Holbrook and provides more than 800 acres of temptation to those who enjoy fishing and water sports. For those who choose to get in, or on, the water, there are two main boat ramps, as well as three smaller ones off different county roads. Two pavilions equipped with grills and about 10 sets of picnic tables offer a casual gathering point for families and friends. The sandy Lake Holbrook beach is maintained every year and is a popular free local swimming hole. Outside of town, many visitors have come to know the area through the Mineola Youth Foundation Ballpark where baseball and softball fields give children of many ages a place to hold youth league baseball and Continued on page 60


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More than a few have enjoyed the Select Theater For most Mineolans, the Select Theater has been in existence all of their lives. Opened in the 1920s by the Hooks family, it was later operated by two local men who gave many Mineola youngsters their first chance in the working world. Some youngsters were paid pennies to hand out fliers advertising the shows. The jobs included running the projector to popping corn and serving drinks. Residents recruited documentary film director Mark Ebersole, a resident of Flatonia, Texas, and professional director who volunteered his services to memorialize the historic theater, which is the oldest continuouslyrunning movie house in Texas. The project developed over two years and enveloped the interviewing of many people who shared fond memories of

their first job or courtship at the theater, which for many occurred when they were still too young to drive. The documentary, “The Pride of Mineola” was premiered in Mineola on March 22 and those who had a part in it or the theater’s history were invited to the first viewing. The documentary was created to be shown at film festivals. As historic as the Select is, those involved with it have seen fit to do some updating. Last fall, thanks again to Mineola’s philanthropic Meredith Foundation, digital audio and visual equipment (including Dolby surround sound) were installed at the Select Theater. It was a critical step in a list of updates that included a restroom modernization in 2008

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Mineola Escape to Mineola, a National Main Street Escape to Mineola, a National Main City. StreetMineola City. is conveniently located 2 hours East of Dallas and 2 hours West of Shreveport at the intersection of Hwy. 80 and Hwy. 69. Treat Mineola is conveniently located 2 hours East of Dallas yourself to a step back in time. The town came into and 2 hours West of Shreveport at the intersection of existence in 1873 the railroads linesback through Hwy. 80 and Hwy.when 69. Treat yourself built to a step in this part of the state. The Train Depot/Museum was time. The town came into existence in 1873 when the remodeled in 2005 is a regular AMTRAK stop.The The railroads built linesand through this part of the state. Select Theater is believed to be the longest continually train Depot/Museum was remodeled in 2005 and is a operating theater in Texas and features both first movies regular AMTRAK stop. The Select Theatre isrun believed on the weekends as well as live productions throughout the to be the longest continually operating theatre in Texas year. Come spend a day, maybe two, exploring the many and features both first run movies on weekends as well antique shops and variety of eateries.asThere is plenty of throughout the year. Come spend a live productions lodging available also, from a modern Hotel to numerous, quaint B&B’s. day, maybe two, exploring the many antique shops and The Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is located in theis center of of town in theavailable old First variety of eateries. There plenty lodging National Bank building, built in 1912.also, The from Chamber hosts 2 main festivals every year. May a model Hotel to numerous quaint B&B’s. Days, which is a 3 day event the second weekend in May, complete with top notch entertainment, The Mineola Chamber of Commerce, vendors from around the county and a Inc. carnival which is the Mineola Center. The is located inheld the at center of townCivic in the old First second event is the Iron Horse Festival, held the first Saturday in November in the middle of National Bank building, built in 1912. The Chamber downtown. Join us then for loads of vendors, entertainment and the Annual Chili and Bean hosts 2 main festivals every year. May Days, which is a Cook-Off. 3 day event the second weekend in May, complete with is a facilityvendors complete witharound a park,the picnicking courts. In addition theThe topCivic notchCenter entertainment, from countryand andtennis a carnival which is held there is a wonderful convention facility in which to hold events and Saturday includes full catering. downtown. The second event is the Iron Horse Festival, held the first in November There also over 200 RV pads complete electricity dump stations. The Civic in the are middle of downtown. Join us thenwith for water, loads of vendors,and entertainment and Annual Center also hosts a Chili Cook-Off. sanctioned BBQ CookOff the first Saturday in October. In addition to all the shopping and eating you can take advantage of the 3000 acre Nature Preserve, located about 1 ½ miles south of Hwy. 80 off of Hwy 69. There is plenty to keep you busy, from hiking and fishing, to camping and enjoying the biking and equestrian trails. The Preserve also has RV accommodations. Come and join the fun at the Annual Nature Fest the last weekend in May. The second weekend in July, the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department hosts it’s Annual Fireman’s Rodeo fundraiser. Something new to the area is the hosting of the Mineola Metric Century Bike Ride held in Oct. It’s promised to become an annual event. There are many more attractions, too many to mention. So check out the Chamber website www.mineolachamber.org or the City website www.mineola.com.


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The Historic Select Theater exhibit at the Mineola Historical Museum. The Museum opened in September 2009 in the old post office building, located one block from the main intersection of Highways 80 and 69. This award winning museum The Historic Select Theater exhibit at the Mineola is a truly outstanding East Texas Museum. A must Historical Museum. The Museum opened in the history buff. see for September 2009 in the old post office building, Gypsy Market is one of the ma located one block from the main intersection of North Johnson Arts and Mus Highways 80 and 69. This award winning museum from 10 -5pm is a truly outstanding East Texas Museum. A must cattle drive at the annual NatureFest. May Longhorn see for the history buff. 27th & 28th, 2011. Gypsy Market is one of the many festivals we held downtown. Johnson Arts and Music Festival is October 8th, 2011 Mineola Nature North Preserve ~ Destination Nature from 10 -5pm Visit the 3000 acre Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River for your destination with nature. The Preserve has 25 miles of equestrian trails, five miles of bike trails and hiking trails galore. Visit Bridge Bob Pond and feed the catfish or hike to the various bodies of water - but don’t feed the alligators. NATUREFEST starts on May 27th, 2011 at 7pm with a Longhorn cattle NatureFest 2013, a celebrationLonghorn of the cattle drive drive, chuck wagon great outdoors at the Mineola Nature Preserve, 27th & 28th, 2011. dinner, storytellers around the campfire and has been moved to a fall event this year and will the East Texas Astronomers. May 28 th , be held October 11 and 12. This year’s theme is Mineola Nature Preserve ~ Destin Saturday, starts with a bird walk. “NatureFest Meets Bigfoot.” Other events throughout the day include the Visit the 3000 acre Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine R FridayThe night kicksatoff event with an adults Longhorn cattle drive thethe annual May Creature Teacher, Birds of Prey and topics from nature. Preserve has 25 milesNatureFest. of equestrian trails, five miles only (over 21), Bigfoot Bash 27th & 28th, turtles to Master Naturalist. Rangers from galore. Visit2011. Bridge Bob Pond andwith feed Bar-B-Q, the catfish or hike to the entertainment and a Bigfoot Look-a-like Texas Parks and Wildlife will be holdingdon’t feed the alligators. contest. Funds from survivor classes for kids and Birding 101.. NATUREFEST Mineola Nature Preserve ~ Destination Nature the bash will 27 beth,used Admission is free it’s a fun time for the nature starts on May Visit the 3000 acre Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River for your destination with Bridge at the Nature Preserve lover in all of us! 2011 at 7pm with to buy playground nature. The Preserve has 25 miles of equestrian trails, five miles of bike trails and hikinga trails Longhorn equipment for -the galore. Visit Bridge Bob Pond and feed the catfish or hike to the various bodies ofcattle water but Forfeed more about the Preserve and Museum call drive,1-800-Mineola. chuck wagon don’t theinformation alligators. NATUREFESTdinner, storytellers around the campfire and th starts on May 27th,the East Texas Astronomers. May 28 , 2011 at 7pm with aSaturday, starts with a bird walk. Longhorn cattle Other events throughout the day include the drive, chuck wagonCreature Teacher, Birds of Prey and topics from preserve. dinner, storytellers around the campfire andturtles to Master Naturalist. Rangers from On Saturday the day will start with a 5K the East Texas Astronomers. May 28 th ,Texas Parks and Wildlife will be holding “Chasing starts Big with Foot”a bird fun walk. run followed survivor classes for kids and Birding 101.. Saturday, byOther a Bigfoot Calling contest, bird walk,theAdmission is free - it’s a fun time for the nature events throughout the day include Bridge at numerous demonstrations, and Creature Teacher, Birds of Prey and topicsjust fromlover in all of us! enjoying the outdoors. The Rangers event will turtles to Master Naturalist. from For more information about the Preserve and Muse end with concert, storytelling and Texas Parksa and Wildlife will be holding survivor classes for kids and Birding 101.. stargazing. Admission is free - it’s a fun time for the nature Bridge at the Nature Preserve lover in all of us!

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and refurbishing of the auditorium seats to their original art deco flair in 2001. The Lake Country Playhouse community theater held its first performances on the second floor of the Mineola Monitor building in the early 1980s. Years later the Meredith Foundation made it possible for the theater to move to the Select Theater and the two have enjoyed the partnership ever since. Thanks to that partnership, you can take in a great play or a current movie at the Select, depending on the weekend. The theater offers live performances four times a year and sells memberships for $30. The Lake Country Symphonic Band also holds their performances at the Select and the annual membership for their four performances is $15. Over the years, some dedicated volunteers had thrown their time and efforts into fundraisers for the theater. A haunted house every Halloween is a big attraction in itself and has generated thousands of dollars for the theater. A variety show held for several years, at which both Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves performed as children, was another visitor-attracting fundraiser.

softball games. Run by a volunteer organization and supplemented by funds from a local philanthropic organization, Mineola Youth Foundation Ballpark has eight playing fields for teams from tee ball to high school age. There is also the Mineola Civic Center which is handy for activities for residents and visitors alike. They have 224 RV pads, many with full hookups, and eight lighted tennis courts. The center’s paved sidewalks measure about one mile and are a popular location for walkers. There’s lots of open grassy areas on the 28 acres for kite flying, soccer and peewee football practice. About a half dozen picnic tables situated near a playground have been a popular meeting place over the years. As far an events center, it is still second to none with Meredith Hall with its 5,000-square foot auditorium. Last and certainly not least, one of Mineola’s newest claims to fame is the nature preserve which has become one of its best-known attractions. An article in a 2008 edition of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine listed the preserve in the top 15 city parks in the nation for its size. At the 2,911-acre preserve south of Mineola, a pavilion, picnic tables (and a public restroom), native plant and herb gardens and a windmill are just a beginning of what there is to explore and encounter at the preserve. Ponds stocked with fish, a rope swing, an archery range and handicapped accessible trails provide perfect opportunities for enjoying what Mother Nature provides. There are about four miles of walking trails as well as horse trails for those who prefer “hoofing it” through the wilderness. Not that you need one, but the city of Mineola has issued an open invitation (from 7 a.m. to dark every day except Christmas) to everyone to come to the preserve, lose your worries, and find a quiet place.

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