Longview in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First Came the Railroad
After the War between the States, Northern capital allowed the Southern Pacific Railroad to expand toward California from the pre-war terminus at Marshall. The Southern Pacific purchased a 100-acre tract in April 1870 from farmer O.H. Methvin, laying out a town site in advance of track construction. The name "Longview," was selected for the new town and was inspired by the scenic view from atop Rock Hill, where Methvin's home was located.
Erected 2000 by One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 29.734′ N, 94° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 East Methvin 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. A New County is Born (here, next to this marker); Longview Becomes the Hub for Railroad Expansion (here, next to this marker); The Railroad Transforms a Pioneer Community (here, next to this marker); A Railroad Boom Town Settles Down (a few steps from this marker); "Dolly" — Longview's First Fire Engine (a few steps from this marker); Rails, Timber and Cotton Bring Growth (a few steps from this marker); The Good Old Days (a few steps from this marker); Technology Brings Modern Conveniences (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Longview.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Texas State Historical Association on Longview. (Submitted on September 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 273 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.