Seat of Gregg County, settled early 1800s. Rapid development
by planters from the Old South after 1850s. Named in 1870 by
surveyors for Texas & Pacific Railroad, impressed by long-distance
view from village. Discovery of oil in 1930s more than tripled
population of 6,000. Today city is dynamic industrial center
claiming over 200 manufacturing firms as well as agriculture area;
is loading end of the "Big Inch" petroleum product pipeline.
Home of LeTourneau University.
An historical 1930 school building has been turned into a festival
facility with spring and fall arts and crafts show. For information,
visit the Longview Convention & Visitors Bureau
at 410 Center Street, or call 903/753-3281.
CARGILL LONG PARK
GREGG COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
LONE STAR SPEEDWAY
LONGVIEW MUSEUM AND ARTS CENTER
REO PALM ISLE
R.G. LETOURNEAU MUSEUM
- CARGILL LONG PARK-Two-and-a-half
mile walking, jogging, and bike trail flanked by towering pines
and native flora. Signed exercise stations; benches, picnic tables,
playground; handicapped access. Open daily 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.,
on Hollybrook Street one block west of U.S. 259; northeast edge
of city south of Loop 281.
- GREGG COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM-Exhibits
devoted to local East Texas history, agriculture, communications,
and military collections. Reproductions of early rooms: banker's
office, parlor, kitchen, and interior of log cabin. Audiovisual
historical program. Open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Housed
in historical-marked 1910 bank building. 214 N. Fredonia. Admission.
- LAKES-Caddo, Gladewater, Lake O'
the Pines, and many others. Visit Longview Convention & Visitors
Bureau, 100 Grand Blvd. for free East Texas Lakes Guide. Tel.
- LONE STAR SPEEDWAY-Sat. night
races feature I.M.C.A. modifieds, dirt south late models, and
hot stocks. A three-eighth mile, high bank clay oval track serves
a challenging course for drivers. Races every Sat. night Mar.
- Oct.; gates opens 6 p.m., racing starts 8 p.m. I-20 at F.M.
2207. Tel. 903/984-3699.
- LONGVIEW ART MUSEUM -Permanent
collection of contemporary and regional American artist; changing
exhibits. Open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 102 W. College Ave.
Occasionally closed when preparing special exhibits. Tel. 903/753-8103.
- PLANTATION POTTERY-57,000-sq.-ft.
complex on ten landscaped acres. See potters turning their wares-pots,
churns, and other stoneware on Fri. and Sat. Facility also includes
10,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse; "miniature world," an Old
West village on miniature scale; and nature trails. Open Mon.
- Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun. 12:30 - 6 p.m. From I-20, take
Eastman Rd. exit; north on U.S. 259 6.5 mi. From Loop 281, take
U.S. 259 exit; north .5 mi. Tel. 903/663-3387.
- REO PALM ISLE-Originated as Mattie's
Ballroom during the 1930s, is landmark for Longview. Features
top Country/Western entertainment year round. Open daily, except
Mon. F.M. 1845 at Texas 31. 903/753-4440.
- R.G. LETOURNEAU MUSEUM-Houses
many of famed industrialist's patents and business artifacts;
some of his early earth-moving equipment on display. On LeTourneau
University campus in R.G. LeTouneau Memorial Student Building.
2100 S. Mobberly Ave. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Campus
tours also available; contact campus tour director, 903/233-3675,
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