Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 5,672
2000 Census - 5,145
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Gun Barrel City Texas History:
Gun Barrel City was developed in the 1960s after Cedar Creek Lake was formed. The town incorporated in 1969 so local establishments could sell beer and wine. The name originated from Gun Barrel Lane which became SH 198; it was a shortcut connecting Mabank and Seven Points, Texas. Gun Barrel City joined a list of towns with names referenced to guns including Winchester, Point Blank, Gunfight, and Cut and Shoot, Texas. Gun Barrel City is located on the east side of the SH 334 Cedar Creek Reservoir Bridge at the intersections of SH 334 (Main Street), U.S. 175 and SH 198 (3rd Street), 60 miles southeast of Dallas, 25.8 miles southeast of Kaufman, 25.4 miles southwest of Canton, 5 miles southwest of Mabank, 56 miles west of Tyler, 44.5 miles west of Chandler and Lake Palestine, 21 miles northwest of Athens, 17.5 miles northwest of Malakoff, 9.5 miles northwest of Eustace, 29 miles northeast of the Richland Chamber Reservoir, 25 miles northeast of Kerens, and 40 miles northeast of Corsicana, Texas.
Henderson County Regional Fair Park Complex, Athens:
Fair Park hosts horse shows, livestock shows, rodeos, concerts, auto shows, trade shows, feed lot sorting, dog shows, and more; there is something going on every weekend. The main arena features two confession stands, restrooms, offices and seating for 4,500. Amenities at the JD Lewis Arena include a climate-controlled announcer’s booth and seating for 300. The front and back barns have a total of 318 stalls. The 84 RV sites feature full hookups. Additional amenities include a multi-purpose building and parking. (903) 670-3324.The complex is located at 3356 SH 31, three miles east of downtown Athens.  Email 

Cedar Creek Reservoir Bass Tournaments, Sundays:
The town of Log Cabin City Park is headquarters for most of the bass tournaments on Cedar Creek Reservoir. For more information, call Log Cabin City Hall at (903) 489-2195. Log Cabin, Texas is 4.9 miles north of Malakoff, Texas. From Malakoff take SH 198 (Caney City Highway) north 4.9 miles to Log Cabin. Go right on FM 3054 (Payne Road) for 0.5 miles; follow the signs to the park entrance on the right.  Email Log Cabin City Hall  Log Cabin Texas Map  Log Cabin Texas Area Map
Annual July Fest and Concert in Gun Barrel City Park:
This event features food vendors, live music, a singling contest, children’s activities, and fireworks. An admission fee applies 2010 entertainment included Sean McConnell, Bart Crow, Derek Sholl, Johnny Cooper, and No Justice. This event is held the first Saturday and Sunday in July. (903) 887-1087. 298 Municipal Drive.
Annual Fall Fest, Oct:
Activities include BBQ brisket and Bean cook-offs, a cornhole tournament, arts and crafts, lawn mower races, a Kidz Koncert, live music and more. This event is open from 10am-11pm. (903) 887-1087. This event is held from 9am to 9pm at 301 Municipal Drive in Gun Barrel City.    
Annual Christmas Parade and Fireworks, First Saturday in December:
Activities include a parade, Santa Claus on a fire truck, photos in the Santa Room, fireworks, and more. Nearby communities participate in this parade of over 65 floats. The parade begins and ends at Gun Barrel City Park on Municipal Drive, North of Church Street. (903) 887-1087.
Cochran's Cafeteria Chicken & Catfish, GunBarrel City:
They serve a variety of menu items including BBQ ribs, smoked sausage, fried chicken, fried catfish, and peach cobbler.  Food is served cafeteria style and is very good. They receive very good reviews. (903) 887-1807. 816 West Main Street, Gun Barrel City.  Reviews  
Huddle House:
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This restaurant is a good breakfast spot. (903) 887-5255. 100 S. Gun Barrel, Gun Barrel. The restaurant is located on the corner of Main & SH 198, directly across from McDonalds and Lowes.  Reviews
Hector's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Gun Barrel City:
This restaurant is not on the lake but they serve good Mexican food and drinks. (903) 887-1179. 1900 West Main Street, Gun Barrel City.  Reviews
Coffee Love,Gun Barrel City:
This restaurant is not on the lake but they serve good coffee and other menu items. (903) 713-5000. 1014 West Main Street, Gun Barrel City.  Reviews 
Lake Jackson Seafood:
(903) 887-1199. 1619 West Main Street.  Reviews