1870 -1889 1871 - Longview is incorporated in May, The first community in Gregg County to do so. A post office is established in 1871 as well.
James Stephen Hogg Founds the Longview News, Longview’s first paper - when he is only 20 years old. Hogg Later serves as governor of Texas from 1891-1895
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1930 - 1939 1930 – October, Columbus Marion “Dad” brings in the Bradford No. 3 oil well in Rusk County – near the present day community of Joinerville. 1931 – January, oil is discovered at 3,587 feet at J.K. Lathrop lease near Longview in Gregg County and it begins producing 18,000 barrels a day. • In April, the first Gladewater oil well blows in one mile outside town in the Sabine River Bottom, and the
town’s population doubles to 1,000 overnight. The population eventually grows to 8,000 residents in the 1930’s before falling to 4,454 people in 1940 as the oil boom slows down.
1932 – The current Gregg County Courthouse is constructed in downtown Longview. The original courthouse, which was composed of brick, terra cota and marble, has been removed and expanded several times.
1940 - 1949
1945— In June, Gregg County
Airport (now the East Texas Regional Airport) is completed south of Longview. The airport and terminal building are officially opened in July 1947. 1946— LeTourneau Technical Institute, named after its founder — industrialist R.G. LeTourneau — is established on the grounds of the former Harmon General Hospital. The institute becomes a four-year college in 1961, and it is renamed LeTourneau University in 1988.
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1958— The Longview Museum of
Fine Arts is created by the Junior Service League of Longview. The museum, which has been located at five different locations over the years, is now located on Tyler Street — in a building that was renovated in 1997. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum hosts traveling exhibits several times each year.
1959— Good Shepherd Hospital (now
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1964-1968— Interstate Highway 20
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of the sale has been expanded from just the first Monday of the month to the weekend prior to the first Monday of the month. 1966— Schlitz brewery and a container factory are built in Longview.
rent city hall and the current Longview High School are completed. 1978— The Great Texas Balloon Race begins at the Longview Mall (which opened the same year) The Balloon Race, now held at the East Texas Regional Airport each summer, attracts hot air balloonists from around the world as well as thousands of spectators.
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rodeo arena is constructed in Gladewater at a cost of $1 million. The arena, which was built totally with corporate and individual donations and completed by volunteers, has a seating capacity for 5,000 spectators. The new facility replaces an arena that was part of an earthen oil pit that dated back to Gladewater’s oil days.