Longview Texas

Balloon glow in Longview Texas
Balloon glow in Longview Texas

Longview is located on Historic U.S. Highway 80 and U.S. Highway 259 in addition to Interstate Highway I-20. Loop 281 traverses the northern sector of the city.

Its economy is strong and diverse, and the oil and gas industry continues to play a major role in economic development. Longview is the county seat of Gregg County.

In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Longview as the sixth fastest-growing small city in the US. Residents of Longview enjoy an attractive quality of life with a wide range of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. Longview is certified as a Texas Urban Main Street City, and also is designated as a Certified Texas Retirement Community.

Longview's population in 2017 was about 81,000 residents. It is assigned Zip Codes 75601-75606, and is in Area Code 903.

Communities in the Longview area include Kilgore, Gladewater, Mineola, Marshall, Jefferson, Mt. Pleasant, and Henderson.

Downtown Longview Redevelopment and Restoration

One Hundred Acres of Heritage Main Street is a volunteer driven alliance whose objective is to improve the quality of life in Downtown Longview through preservation, promotion and economic revitalization.

Downtown Longview, a successful business district, is envisioned to be a premier destination for working, living, and socializing. Longview residents and visitors will enjoy the arts, entertainment, outstanding eateries, and unique shopping.

Longview Attractions and Things to Do

Gregg County Historical Museum in Longview Texas
Gregg County Historical Museum in Longview Texas

Longview and the surrounding area has a wide range of attractions to visit year-round for residents and tourists as well as those attending business meetings and conventions.

From museums to outdoor activities, from art and culture to entertainment venues, Longview has it all!

In early September it is time for the Gregg County Fair and Exposition.

Museums

  • Gregg County Historical Museum
  • Longview Museum of Fine Arts
  • R.G. LeTourneau Museum

Area golf courses and clubs

  • Alpine Golf Club
  • Longview Country Club
  • The Challenge at Oak Forest
  • Wood Hollow Golf Club
  • Southern Hills Golf Club

Other popular area attractions

  • Carmike 10 Movie Theater
  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
  • Fairhaven Vineyards
  • Longview Symphony
  • Opera East Texas
  • Longview Ballet Theatre
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Longview Balloon Races

Hot air balloon races in Longview Texas
Hot air balloon races in Longview Texas

The Great Texas Balloon Race has earned Longview the official designation as "The Balloon Capital of Texas" by the Governor of Texas.

Balloon Flights begin the National event with a flight over the City of Longview and continue each morning through over Kilgore, Longview and East Texas Regional Airport. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather.

Balloon Glows at night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. One of the most popular things to do at the event as the public is able to get up close and watch how balloons are inflated and operate. The next Balloon Race will be held on June 19-21, 2020.

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Longview Symphony Orchestra

Since 1968, the Longview Symphony has provided live orchestral performances of classical music to audiences in Longview, TX.

Longview Symphony Orchestra
The Longview Symphony Orchestra

Starting as an amateur group with a few conservatory-trained musicians volunteering their time, today the orchestra is composed entirely of professional musicians from Longview, the greater East Texas area, Shreveport and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Fourteen members are on staff at area universities and colleges, others are music educators in primary and secondary schools and many teach lessons privately.

The Longview Symphony takes pride in sponsoring the Longview Area Youth Symphony Orchestra (LAYSO) and the Longview Area Preparatory Strings (LAPS) for school-age children.

Upcoming concerts for 2019 and 2020 include...

For more information and to order tickets, visit the website of the Longview Symphony Orchestra Also, be sure to connect with the Symphony on Facebook 

You can also reach the Symphony at P.O. Box 1825, Longview, TX75707. Phone 903.236.9739

Longview Ballet Theatre

Over the years Company members of Longview Ballet Theatre and students of the Studio of Creative Arts have had the opportunity to dance original ballets choreographed and designed by Pat George Mitchell as well as great classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Cinderella and Nutcracker

Shopping in Longview

The Longview area includes a wide variety of shopping experiences, from national retailers to local specialty stores and businesses. Area retail outlets serve not only Longview, but the communities of Kilgore, Gladewater, Gilmer and other neighboring East Texas cities and towns.

Shopping in Longview, Texas

The Longview Mall offers shoppers a retail mix of more than 70 fashion-forward retailers, eateries and entertainment options. Shoppers enjoy a variety of popular stores, including Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears, Charming Charlie's, Victoria's Secret, Yankee Candle, Zumiez, Foot Locker, Justice, Francesca's, Buckle and more. There are also family-friendly dining and entertainment options like Chick-fil-A, Subway, Mama DeLuca's Pizza, Famous Wok, Auntie Anne's, BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant, On The Border, and Chuck E. Cheese's for everyone to enjoy. Located at 3500 McCann Road at W. Loop 281. Open seven days a week; Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Longview Towne Crossing, on North Eastman Road, features stores such as Kohl's, Old Navy, Lane Bryant, PetSmart, Target, James Avery Jewelers, Famous Footwear and many more.

Other shopping areas are located all around the city, for example, the Northwest Village Shopping Center on West Loop 281.

Longview Arboretum

The Longview Arboretum & Nature Center  will provide an ecologically sustainable city park that reflects the character of Longview and fosters interaction between the landscape and its visitors.

The gardens are currently under development, and will include the Longview Arboretum Visitor Center at 706 West Cotton Street.

The Arboretum shares parking with Maude Cobb Activity and Event Center, it covers 26 acres of watershed from Grace Creek and borders the JR Curtis Garden for the Blind and The Green.

Dirt work began in August of 2017, and a formal ground breaking for the Longview Arboretum was celebrated in September of 2017.

Phone 903.237.1392 for more information and current status.

Master plan for the Longview Arboretum
Master plan for the Longview Arboretum

Longview Hotels and Lodging

Longview Dining and Restaurants

Longview offers over 180 restaurants, cafes, grills and other dining venues, from small local eateries to national chain restaurants.

Cuisine choices include traditional American fare, Mexican, Italian, Bar-B-Que, hamburgers, seafood, Asian, and more.

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Longview Economy and Job Market

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Although forged from a rich history in the oil and gas industry, Longview has a strong health care industry, manufacturing and technology. Among the largest employers in Longview, along with their approximate number of employees, are the following:

  • Good Shepherd Medical Center (3,200)
  • Trinity Rail, LLC (1,898)
  • Eastman Chemical (1,515)
  • Longview Independent School District (1,176)
  • Wal-Mart, 3 Supercenters (1,113)
  • Longview Regional Medical Center (1,000)
  • City of Longview (828)
  • Joy Global (743)
  • Pine Tree Independent School District (680)
  • Diagnostic Clinic of Longview (669)
  • Gregg County (543)
  • LeTourneau University (400)
  • Crosby Group/Lebus Manufacturing Co. (383)
  • Neiman Marcus National Service Center (328)

Longview Area Lakes and State Parks

  • Caddo Lake
    Caddo Lake

    Lake O' the Pines is located on Big Cypress Creek in the Cypress River Basin, 25 miles northeast of Longview in Marion, Morris, Upshur, and Camp counties.
  • Caddo Lake is a 25,400 acres lake and wetland on the border between Texas and Louisiana, in northern Harrison County and southern Marion County in Texas and western Caddo Parish in Louisiana.
  • Lake Fork, at 27,264 acres and 315 miles of shoreline, was designed to be a premier bass fishing lake and currently holds records for 34 out of the Top 50 largemouth bass caught in Texas.
  • Martin Creek Lake is located in Rusk County, on Martin Creek 3 miles southwest of Tatum on Texas Highway 43. It covers a surface area of 4,981 acres, with a maximum depth of 35 feet.
  • Tyler State Park, north of Tyler

Meetings and Convention Facilities in Longview

The Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex encompasses the Maude Cobb Convention Center, Longview Exhibit Building, PRCA approved Rodeo Arena, Agricultural Pavilion and Fairgrounds, providing a multipurpose complex suitable for a variety of activities and events.

A joint project of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and the City of Longview, Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex was built and furnished debt free with money from the hotel/motel occupancy fund and personal contributions.

It is located at 100 Grand Blvd, Longview, Texas, 75604.

Maude Cobb Convention & Activity Center
Maude Cobb Convention & Activity Center

 

East Texas Regional Airport (GGG)

East Texas Regional Airport terminal
East Texas Regional Airport terminal in Longview

East Texas Regional Airport is a county owned, public use airport located eight nautical miles south of the central business district of Longview at 269 Terminal Circle. Phone the airport at 903.643.3031.

Its IATA identifier "GGG" is derived from its prior name, Gregg County Airport. Scheduled airline service to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is provided by American Airlines/American Eagle.

The airport also supports extensive general aviation aircraft and services.

Amtrak and Railroad Service

Amtrak Station, Longview Texas
Amtrak Station, Longview Texas

Amtrak passenger rail service is offered on the Texas Eagle. The Amtrak station is locate at 905 Pacific Avenue, on the east side of downtown, 1/2 block north of the intersection of Cotton St. and Mobberly Ave.

This station, an authentic Longview landmark, is a former Texas & Pacific Railway passenger station. Phone the station at 903.758.0902.

Two freight railroads serve the area: Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Union Pacific.

Education and Schools in Longview

Longview offers a full-spectrum of educational options for children and adults.

LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas
LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas

 

Colleges and Universities

  • LeTourneau University
  • East Texas Baptist University
  • Kilgore College-Longview
  • UT Tyler - Longview University Center
  • Vista College

Technical College

  • Texas State Technical College

Public Schools

  • Longview ISD
  • Pinetree ISD
  • Spring Hill ISD

Private Schools

  • East Texas Christian School
  • Oak Forest Montessori School
  • St. Mary's Catholic School
  • The Crisman School
  • Trinity School of Texas

Longview Area RV Parks, Campgrounds, and Resorts

The Longview area offers a large variety of RV parks, resorts and campgrounds, such as the following:

  • Martin Creek Lake State Park
  • Pineridge RV Park
  • Emerald Glen RV Park
  • Hitchin Post RV Park
  • North Point RV Park
  • Fernbrook Park
  • American Dream Inn RV Park
  • Cowboy Camp RV Park
  • Antique RV Park
  • Shallow Creek RV Resort
  • Secluded Acres RV Park
  • Riverside RV Park

Martin Creek Lake State Recreation Area in East Texas
Martin Creek Lake State Recreation Area

Additional Information About Longview

For more information on Longview, we recommend a visit to...

Longview Texas Chamber of Commerce web site

City of Longview web site

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Longview Economic Development Corporation

Longview News-Journal

Map of Longview Texas (courtesy of Google Maps)


Map of Showing the Location of Longview in East Texas

Map of Deep East Texas Showing Location of Longview

Historic Images of Longview Texas

First Baptist Church and Educational Buildings, Longview, Texas
First Baptist Church and Educational Buildings, Longview, Texas

Gregg County Court House, Longview, Texas
Gregg County Court House, Longview, Texas

High School, Longview, Texas
High School, Longview, Texas
Texas & Pacific (T&P) - I. & G.N. Railroad Depot
Texas & Pacific (T&P) - I. & G.N. Railroad Depot, Longview, Texas

Booth's Tourist Court, Longview, Texas, on U.S. 80
"Center of Largest Oil Field in the World"
90 modern cottages - free radio - fans & garage - reasonable rates - second guest free
(from the collection of the author)
Booth's Tourist Court, Longview, Texas, on U.S. 80, in the center of the largest oil field in the world
East Oil Field, Longview, Texas
Oil Field, Longview, Texas

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