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

A New County is Born

1873

 
 
A New County is Born Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
1. A New County is Born Marker
Inscription. In January 1873, Upshur County Representative B.W. Brown (a Methodist lay preacher) introduced a bill in the Texas Legislature to make Longview the seat of a new county to be composed of portions of existing Upshur, Rusk and Harrison counties. The county of Gregg (named for slain Confederate General John Gregg) was created, although initially composed of only 143 square miles taken from Upshur County.
In April 1874, an additional 141 square miles south of the Sabine River were taken from Rusk County and given to Gregg. Longview was chosen over Awalt (Willow Springs) to become county seat. The Texas & Pacific belatedly donated an entire city block as the courthouse square, then platted a new town at Awalt, which remained undeveloped until it became Greggton in 1929.
 
Erected 2000 by One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc.
 
Location. 32° 29.734′ N, 94° 44.212′ W. Marker is in Longview, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Methvin Street and North Green Street when traveling north. 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
A New County is Born image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
2. A New County is Born
marker. First Came the Railroad (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.
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association on Longview. (Submitted on September 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. GovernmentPolitical SubdivisionsRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Photo from the A New County is Born Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
3. Photo from the A New County is Born Marker
Heritage Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
4. Heritage Plaza
Heritage Plaza located at intersection of Green & Methvin Streets. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
5. Heritage Plaza located 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 166 times since then and 34 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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