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

Longview Becomes the Hub for Railroad Expansion

1872

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
1. Longview Becomes the Hub for Railroad Expansion Marker
Inscription. By 1872, Longview received nationwide attention by serving as temporary head of the nation's Southern rail line. Business, population and construction were stimulated by wagon traffic from a large area since Longview provided the closest rail access.
Soon the International Railroad Co. (later named International & Great Northern) was serving Longview, its route crossing the Southern Pacific track about 600 feet east of the city limits. The federally-mandated Texas & Pacific – which had acquired the Southern Pacific – began laying track westward toward Dallas. Thriving Longview became the commercial center for a large portion of East Texas.
 
Erected 2000 by One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc.
 
Location. 32° 29.733′ N, 94° 44.209′ W. Marker is in Longview, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Methvin Street and North Green Street. Touch for map. Located in Heritage Plaza. 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. The Railroad Transforms a Pioneer Community (here, next to this marker); A New County is Born (here, next
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By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
2. Longview Becomes the Hub for Railroad Expansion
to this marker); First Came the Railroad (here, next to this marker); Rails, Timber and Cotton Bring Growth (a few steps from this marker); The Good Old Days (a few steps from 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); Longview Charters First Industry in Texas (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.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
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By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
3. Photo from marker.
Heritage Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
4. Heritage Plaza
Heritage Plaza at intersection of Green & Methvin Streets. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
5. Heritage Plaza at 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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