Longview celebrated 150 years in 2020 - 2021! Longview was formed in 1870 when O.H. Methvin deeded 100 acres of land for the creation of a town along soon-to-be-constructed railroad line. As the story goes, they stood from the top of "Rock Hill" in present-day Downtown Longview and said something along the lines of "Oh my, that’s a long view." The rest is 150 years of East Texas history.
Unfortunately, gathering restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic postponed and canceled many of the planned celebrations for Longview 150. While some events were canceled outright, others, such as the time capsule burying were moved to 2021, 150 years after Longview officially incorporated as a City.
Back in Time Scavenger Hunt presented by Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program
April 17 ● 1:30 p.m.
Longview is turning 150 and this commemorative screen print by Jason Butler highlights some of the landmarks, businesses and people that have contributed to our successful community history.
Longview 150 Downtown Banners sponsored by One Hundred Acres of Heritage/Longview Main Street
Longview is turning 150 next year and we will be updating our light pole banners in honor of this occasion. One of these banners can be yours to keep when the festivities are over - we are selling them for $100 (at cost). Limited number! Get yours today!
Contact Melida Heien, Main Street Coordinator, at 903-331-1469.
The Longview 150 Planning Committee worked behind the scenes to make preparations for the sesquicentennial birthday celebration with a variety of activities scheduled for January-May 2020. The Longview 150 Celebration is purposefully designed to encourage opportunities for unique participation from area organizations such as schools, civic organizations, businesses, and churches.
The Gregg County Historical Museum’s Balloon Sculpture Project is a celebration of Longview’s history and heritage through custom made metal Hot Air Balloons that will be strategically placed around town to celebrate Longview’s Sesquicentennial.