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

The Fabulous Fifties

1950s

 
 
The Fabulous Fifties Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
1. The Fabulous Fifties Marker
Inscription. The end of World War II ushered in a long period of national prosperity, and Longview thrived thanks to the East Texas Oil Field and associated natural gas. Construction in Longview during the 1950s rivaled or exceeded that of the 1930s. Major products included a 10-story bank building, new sanctuaries for First Baptist and First Methodist Churches, the Petroleum Building, Jaycee Exhibit building at the Gregg County Fairgrounds, a new high school auditorium and several new school campuses. Major residential subdivisions of the 1950s included Forest Park and Brookwood.
R.G. LeTourneau, an ardent lay evangelist, made a historic contribution to Longview's postwar industrialization by bringing his excavator manufacturing company and plans for creating LeTourneau Technical Institute to Longview in 1946
By decades end, the city's population had increased from 24,502 to 40,050—a 63 percent growth rate.
 
Erected 2000 by One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc.
 
Location. 32° 29.754′ N, 94° 44.2′ W. Marker is in Longview, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of North Green Street and Hoover Street, on the left when traveling north on North Green Street. Touch for map. Marker is at
The Fabulous Fifties 1950s image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
2. The Fabulous Fifties 1950s
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. Longview Expands Its Influence (here, next to this marker); Completing a Century of Development (here, next to this marker); Industry Accelerates Economic Growth (here, next to this marker); World War II & Its Aftermath (a few steps from this marker); The Oil Boom Brings Renewal (a few steps from this marker); A City That Grows (a few steps from this marker); First Discovery Wells and Then the Boom! (a few steps from this marker); Transportation: Model T's, Trains & Trolleys (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Longview.
 
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Photo from marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
3. Photo from marker.
Heritage Plaza Park image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
4. Heritage Plaza Park
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 October 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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