Gregg, Upshur
Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 6,441
2000 Census - 6,078
Gladewater, Texas
Gladewater Texas History:
In 1873, the Texas and Pacific Railway built a line through the area. The company purchased land from Jarrett Dean and Anderson White and established the Gladewater stop. Residents and businesses from the communities of St. Clair and Point Pleasure moved to the site when the railroad company announced Gladewater would be the only area mail stop in the area. In 1873, the Gladewater post office was established; the town incorporated the next year. The town’s economy was based on lumber, and farming; cotton was the main crop. In 1931, the Gladewater oil field was discovered one mile from town. During the 1930s, the population grew from approximately 500 to over 8,000. After the oil boom ended, the population dropped to 4,454 by 1940. During the 1940s, the town paved streets and constructed a commercial airfield. The completion of Lake Gladewater in 1954 provided recreation for residents and visitors. By the 1970s, the oil resources had largely been depleted and the town’s economy had become more diversified. In 1980, Gladewater had of 6,548 residents, 4,311 in Gregg County and 2,237 in Upshur County.The town’s economy is based on lumber, farming and the manufacturing of related products. Gladewater is well known for its antique stores, and as the starting place of Elvis Presley’s early career. Johnny Cash wrote “Walk the Line” while visiting Gladewater. Oil equipment and an old oil derrick are located on Main Street. Gladewater is a Texas Main Street City and a National Main Street City. Gladewater is located on the Sabine River at the intersections of U.S. 271, U.S. 80 and SH 135, 54 miles southeast of Lake Fork, 44 miles southeast of Quitman, 33 miles southeast of Mineola, 16 miles southeast of Hawkins and Lake Hawkins, 10.3 miles southeast of Big Sandy, 50 miles southeast of Winnsboro, 49 miles southeast of Scroggins and Bob Sandlin Lake, 45 miles south of Mt. Pleasant, 33 miles south of Pittsburg, 14 miles south of Gilmer, 44.4 miles southwest of Daingerfield and Daingerfield State Park, 40 miles southwest of Lake O’ the Pines, 51 miles southwest of Jefferson, 56 miles southwest of Uncertain and Caddo Lake, 61 miles west of Waskom and the Louisiana border, 35 miles west of Marshall, 12 miles northwest of Longview, 5.4 miles northwest of White Oak, 36.6 miles northwest of Martin Creek Lake State Park, 31.5 miles northwest of Tatum, 14 miles northwest of Kilgore, 37 miles northeast of Lake Palestine and Chandler, 34 miles northeast of Whitehouse and Tyler Lake, 25.5 miles northeast of Tyler, 26 miles northeast of Tyler State Park, 32 miles east of Old Sabine Bottom WMA and Lindale, Texas. 
Veteran's War Memorial Plaza:
This memorial was established by the Gladewater Former Students’ Association in honor of all veterans. It features four granite slabs engraved front and back with the names of the local men and women who served in the armed forces from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War. It is located downtown on East Pacific Avenue. (903) 845-5501.
Gladewater Museum:
The museum is located in the 1939 Ellen Bauman Community Building. It features exhibits and photographs depicting the history of Gladewater. The Depot room features artifacts and objects relating to the Texas Pacific Railroad. Other rooms house period furniture, family, businesses and schools artifacts, quilts, a World War II exhibit, and a Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo display. The museum hosts special exhibits and annual Gusher Days Fishing and Golf tournaments. Open Sat, 10am-4pm and by appointment. (903) 845-7608. 116 W. Pacific Street. Email 
Gladewater Saturday Night Opry:
This two hour country music show is held every Saturday night at 8pm at the Opry House in the former Cozy Theatre. Gospel shows begin at 7pm. Auditions are held every Saturday at 4:30pm. (903) 845-3600. 108 E. Commerce Street. Email  
Lee Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The library is open Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays. (903) 845-2640. 312 W. Pacific Avenue.
Pine Mills Pottery Studio & Gallery, Pine Mills, TX:
Gary and Daphne Hatcher create beautiful wood fired stoneware pottery; their dinnerware is stunning. The pottery is usually open daily, 10am-5pm; call if making a special trip. (903) 857-2271. Fax: (903) 857-2255. 5515 FM 49, Mineola. The pottery is located in Pine Mills, also known as Liberty Hill and as Reedsville, at the intersection of Farm Roads 14, 49 and 312, 10 miles southeast of Quitman, 12 miles north of Hawkins, and 34 miles northwest of Gladewater. 
Gladewater Antique Shopping:
The town bills itself as the Antique Capital of East Texas. Over 200 antique sellers and crafter’s are located in over 30 antique malls and individual shops. Most antique shops are open Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm; most are closed Mondays. (903) 845-5501. (800) 627-0315.
Event Venue - Gladewater Rodeo Grounds:
The rodeo grounds are available for rental. They are located U.S. 80, approximately 0.5 miles west of Gladewater. (409) 939-3421. Email
Annual East Texas Gusher Days, 4 days over Three Weekends in April:
Activities include a chili cook-off, food vendors, arts and crafts, a golf tournament, a bike rally, a parade, Hip Hop Amusements, Hushpuppy Bark Off, children’s activities, street dances, an antique auto show, the Lake Gladewater Big Bass Classic and live music. This event is held in downtown Gladewater. (800) 627-0315. (903) 845-5501. Email
Annual Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo, June: 
This well-known nationally sanctioned PGDA rodeo began in 1937. Activities include a lavish parade, a chuck-wagon cook-off and street dance, a Cowboy Prayer Breakfast, mutton bustin’, a raffle, and four days of rodeo events. Tickets: (903) 845-5126. This event is held at the Gladewater Rodeo Grounds on U.S. 80, approximately 0.5 miles west of Gladewater. Email
Annual Fireworks at Lake Gladewater, a Saturday on July 4th Weekend:
The boat parade contest begins at 8pm; fireworks begin at dusk. (800) 627-0315. (903) 845-5501. Email
Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept:
With over 200 vendors, this festival is recognized as the largest arts and crafts festival in East Texas. This event is held in downtown Gladewater; a pancake breakfast is served on Saturday. (903) 845-5501. Email
Annual U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale and Auto Cruise, 2nd and 3rd Weekends in Oct:
The sale begins in Bossier City, Louisiana and stretches to Grand Prairie, Texas. This sale features the booths of hundreds of vendors, schools, clubs, churches, and individuals selling everything from tools to toys, baked goods to books, and golf clubs to go-carts. This event is sponsored by the East Texas Tourism Association. (903) 757-4444. (800) 766-3349. The association’s office is located at 421 North Center Street, Longview, TX 75601. Email
Annual Christmas Parade, First Tuesday in Dec:
The parade begins at 6pm. (800) 627-0315. (903) 845-5501. Email
Tele's #5 Mexican Restaurant:
(903) 845-5999. 401 South Tyler Street. Reviews
Guadalupe's Mexican Restaurant:
(903) 845-2318. 101 East Pacific Avenue. Reviews
Bodacious Barbeque:
(903) 845-2311. 1105 West Upshur Avenue. Reviews