Longview 150

Longview 150 Cover Image
Transportation Show Logo

Transportation Show
Whataburger of East Texas is producing the Transportation Show to show the evolution of our transportation choices from 1870 through 2020 and into the future.

March 21
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Longview Convention Complex

Grand Sequicentennial Trek
Time Capsule

Longview 150 Time Capsule
What would you want to leave behind for someone 100 years from now.  The Historic Preservation Commission will bury a time capsule at the Longview Public Library to celebrate Longview’s 150th 

May 8
10 a.m.

Old City Hall, 200 S. Center St.

Ossamus Beard Contest

Ossamus Beard Contest
In honor of Longview’s founder, Ossamus H. Methvin, and as part
of Longview’s Sesquicentennial, Eastman Credit Union is sponsoring
the Ossamus Beard Contest.

Upload a photo of your and your beard to one of the beard categories through March 27.

Longview celebrates 150 years in 2020! 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.

Pleasant Hill Quilting Group

January Events

"The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and their Buildings, 1860’s-1930’s"
Jan. 13 - Feb. 9
Longview Public Library

Big Inch Pipeline Commemorative Event
Jan. 25
1 to 3 p.m.
Red Oak Baptist Church

Pleasant Hill Quilting Group Exhibit
Jan. 25
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
First United Methodist Church

Longview Sesquicentennial Ball Logo

February Events

"Portraits of our Past" Exhibit Opens
Feb. 4 - March 28
Gregg County Historical Museum

Longview Sesquicentennial Ball hosted by the Junior League of Longview
Feb. 22
6:30 p.m. – Midnight
Maude Cobb Convention Center

The First Tee Piney Woods Hosts Longview 150 Adult/Child Golf Tournament
Feb. 22 and 23
The Divine Nine Golf Course

Cannibals Team Photo

March Events

Longview 150 Passport Program sponsored by the Junior League of Longview
March 7 - March 21
Various Locations

Cemetery tour with Historical Figure Re-enactments
March 14
Greenwood Cemetery

Cannibals Baseball Game Re-enactment
March 21
2 p.m.
LeTourneau University


Dalton Days

April Events

Back Porch Stories
April 3 - 4
ArtsView Children’s Theatre

Dalton Days
April 4
Gregg County Historical Museum

Longview 150 Historic Landmarks Art Exhibit 
April 11 - June 27
Longview Museum of Fine Arts

Downtown Scavenger Hunt presented by Partners in Prevention Mentoring Advisory Council
April 18 ● 1:30 p.m.
Downtown Longview

First Baptist Church - Longview Homecoming
April 18 ● 5 - 7 p.m.
April 19 ● 10 a.m. - Noon

Longview’s Place in the World of the 1870’s
April 21 ● 12 and 6 p.m.
First Christian Church - Disciple House

Alpine Church of Christ and Alpine Christian Academy Reunion and Anniversary Celebration
April 25 - 26


Other Events

May 2 • Cornbread, Cobblers and Cakes • Historic Longview Farmers Market

May 5 • Sesquicentennial Exhibit Opens • Gregg County Historical Museum

July 11 - Sept. 19 • @LongviewTX150 – Celebrating the People of Longview’s Sesquicentennial 2020 Longview Museum of Fine Art

Celebrate 150

Is your organization holding a #Longview150 celebration or community event?  Let us know at Longview150@LongviewTexas.gov to have your event included along with these other sesquicentennial celebrations.  View other ongoing 150 Celebrations, here.

My 150

Longview’s sesquicentennial is a great time to invest to Longview to help the city continue to grow and thrive.  What’s your 150? Is it $150 given to an organization or charity you support, 150 hours spent in the city’s parks and trails, or 150 days spent with a social media post about something you love about Longview?  Whatever you choose, we want to hear about it!

Planning Committee

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.

Maude Cobb BalloonLiftoff 2020

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.