Gladewater — The interim mayor of Gladewater expects to see more traffic in his town, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
Charlie Smith said one of the purposes of celebrating our 100th anniversary is to spread the word about what Gladewater has to offer.
“This community is very involved with our parades and Gasher Days. They get antiques and everything that goes with it,” he said. “Gladewater is a people-friendly community and it’s great when people come to see what we have and join us in our festivities.
Smith added that Gladwater residents are proud of the heritage and history that has led the city to where it is today.
Gladwater was founded in 1873 when the Texas and Pacific Railroad (now the Union Pacific Railroad) began its expansion beyond Longview. It was formed as a stop to meet the water needs of passing trains. It was selected and created from land purchased from Jared Dean and Anderson White because it was near the Sabine River and the Point He Pleasant community. The town also became part of the East Texas oil boom when Columbus Marion “Dad” Joyner mined for gold in September 1930.
Gladewater was packed on weekends, said Smith, who moved to the area 25 years ago.
“I’ve seen that decline over the years, but it’s actually growing again.” Get off the road.”
In 1995, the state legislature designated Gladewater as the Old Capital of East Texas.
Smith hopes more people will visit the city and return after seeing all that the city has to offer.
Gladewater has a number of events planned for its 200th anniversary this year, including a Night at the Museum on January 21 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Gradewater Chamber of Commerce Chairman Lois Reed invited several special guests to the event, including Governor Greg Abbott, Senators John Cornyn and Senators Ted Cruz, and Mayor Scott Owens to read the proclamation. said he would attend
“There will be interesting people throughout the museum, not just these special guests, who will bring Gladewater’s rich petroleum history to life,” Reid said.
People in costumes from the past will play historical Gladewater residents and answer questions from guests.A birthday cake will also be served at the celebration, she said.
Reed said the event is generally free and parking is limited in the area.
For other upcoming sesquicentennial events, visit gladewater150.com.