Longview in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
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Longview was led into the 20th Century by Mayor Gabriel Augustus Bodenheim (1873-1957), known affectionately as "Bodie." Serving as mayor 1904-1916 and 1918-1920, Bodenheim oversaw Longview's first municipal water works, sanitary sewer system and street-paving projects. Known for his red lapel carnation and gold-headed cane, the mayor engineered the long-delayed annexation of Longview Junction, bringing the city's population to 5,000. In appreciation, a landscaped downtown "Bodie Park" was created in his honor.
In 1909 when Longview Independent School District was created, the wooden 1883 high school was replaced with a three-story brick structure featuring an impressive cupola. New elementary schools built in this period were Campus Ward, First Ward and Northcutt Heights.
Erected 2000 by One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc.
Location. 32° 29.744′ N, 94° 44.207′ W. Marker is in Longview, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of North Green Street and East Methvin Street, on the right when traveling south on 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 The End of the Beginning (here, next to this marker); Longview Charters First Industry in Texas (here, next to this marker); Transportation: Model T's, Trains & Trolleys (here, next to this marker); "Dolly" — Longview's First Fire Engine (a few steps from this marker); First Discovery Wells and Then the Boom! (a few steps from this marker); A Railroad Boom Town Settles Down (a few steps from this marker); The Good Old Days (a few steps from this marker); Rails, Timber and Cotton Bring Growth (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 October 1, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Education • Government •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 1, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.