Longview, Texas, located in “Real East Texas,” began when the Southern Pacific bought 100 acres from farmer O. H. Methvin in April 1870. From the beginning, plans were made for the town’s long-term success, hence the name Longview. One visit to our town and you’ll find proud history, numerous activities, and a host of festivals and other events to enjoy.
Southern Pacific was quick to build the railroad through Longview, with the first train chugging through its station on February 22, 1871. This event, in addition to the establishment of the Longview Post Office, The Longview News, and several banks - significantly helped in securing the town’s success in the foreseeable future. By the time the oil boom began in the late 1930s, it was clear the town was here to stay.
Visitors and residents alike can learn more about Longview’s history by visiting attractions like Heritage Plaza, the Gregg County Historical Museum, or the East Texas Oil Museum. Other unique venues to put on your must-visit list include Longview’s vineyards and the Thomas Falls Zipline Challenge Course.
Part of Longview’s modern-day history include traditions such as the numerous festivals that are held each year. The Freeze Your Fanny 5k/10k run takes place during the winter, AlleyFest provides family fun during the spring, and the Great Texas Balloon Race is a summer event you don’t want to miss. All year long, there are events for people of all ages, bringing families, and the Longview community together.
From the very beginning, Longview has been a place designed to bring in visitors and entice them to stay with the rich history and lively community the town offers. We at Crown Kia are proud to call Longview home.