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Longview in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Longview Charters First Industry in Texas

1900s

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
1. Longview Charters First Industry in Texas Marker
Inscription. The Kelly Plow Works was reportedly the only non-sawmill industry in the county other than an ice factory. The Kelly plant, supposedly the first chartered industry in Texas, had relocated to Longview from Marion County in 1882. Kelly became well known throughout the South for its popular light turning plow, the Kelly Blue. The plant operated until the 1970s, producing not only plows but also other implements, machines and tools used in agriculture. Other manufacturing soon followed, including a box factory (whose whistle timed the daily lives of residents for at least 40 years), the Longview Mattress and Bedding Company, and the East Texas Pottery Company. Longview Iron Works produced gasoline engines, sawmill machinery and general foundry products.
 
Erected 2000 by One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc.
 
Location. 32° 29.743′ N, 94° 44.205′ W. Marker is in Longview, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of North Green Street and East Methvin Street, on the left when traveling north on North Green Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 East Methvin Street, Longview TX 75601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Transportation: Model T's, Trains & Trolleys
Longview Charters First Industry in Texas 1900s image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
2. Longview Charters First Industry in Texas 1900s
(here, next to this marker); Technology Brings Modern Conveniences (here, next to this marker); The End of the Beginning (here, next to this marker); The Good Old Days (a few steps from this marker); Rails, Timber and Cotton Bring Growth (a few steps from this marker); The Oil Boom Brings Renewal (a few steps from this marker); "Dolly" — Longview's First Fire Engine (a few steps from this marker); World War II & Its Aftermath (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Longview.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association article on Kelly Plow Company. (Submitted on October 1, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Kelly Plow Company image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
3. Kelly Plow Company
Heritage Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
4. Heritage Plaza
Intersection of Green & Methvin Streets image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
5. Intersection of Green & Methvin Streets
Heritage Plaza dedication plaque. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
6. Heritage Plaza dedication plaque.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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