Seat of Gregg County, settled early 1800s. Rapid
development by planters from the Old South after 1850. 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 products pipeline. Home of LeTourneau University.
For information, visit the Longview Convention & Visitors Bureau
at 410 N. Center St. Longview, TX 75606, or call 903/753-3281.
Cargill Long Park
Two and one half mile walking, jogging, and bike trail flanked by
towering pines and native plants. 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.
R. G. LeTourneau Museum
Houses many of famed industralist's patents and business artifacts;
some of his early earth-moving equipment on display. On LeTourneau University campus in
R.G. LeTourneau 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.
Longview Museum and Arts Center
Permanent collection of contemporary and regional American artists;
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.
Lone Star Speedway
Saturday 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 Saturday night, March through
October. Gates open 6:00 p.m. Racing starts 8:00 p.m. Take I-20 at F.M. 2207.
Telephone: 903/984-3699. Admission.
For more information about our friends in Longview, please visit
them at LONGVIEW.