Longview in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Kelly Plow Company
When George Addison Kelly came to East Texas in 1852 at the age of twenty, he saw possibilities in the manufacture and sale of cowbells to supply wagoners and traders. Resolving to make the bells resonance better, he made a journey to Louisville. There he learned the art of foundry work.
In 1860, Kelly founded the Kelly Plow Company in Kellyville, near Jefferson and designed and built the first Kelly Blue Plow. After the War between the States, Kelly created the "Pony Plow" and expanded his production to include other implements, tools and machines used in agriculture.
In 1882, after a disastrous fire destroyed the Belleville Plant, George Kelly moved his operation to Longview, by then the junction for two railroads. The move proved sound for Kelly and Longview. Kelly Plow works is reported to be the second oldest chartered industry in Texas.
George Kelly died in 1909, but his sons and grandsons kept Kelly Plow Company in production until 1975.
Erected 1996 by the Board of Directors of One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these Agriculture • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 32° 29.666′ N, 94° 44.445′ W. Marker is in Longview, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of South Center Street and West Cotton Street, on the right when traveling south on South Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 South Center Street, Longview TX 75601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Timber – The First Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); King Cotton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Longview Municipal Building and Central Fire Station (about 300 feet away); When Mule Power Moved People (about 500 feet away); Then Came the Railroad (about 500 feet away); Site of James S. Hogg Newspaper (about 600 feet away); Banking — The Final Ingredient (about 700 feet away); Dalton Gang's Last Raid (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Longview.
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Also see . . .
1. Texas State Historical Association article on Kelly Plow Company. (Submitted on September 26, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Texas State Historical Association article on George Addison Kelly.(Submitted on September 26, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 26, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.