Gladewater is a small city located in Gregg and Upshur counties. It's about 20 minutes from the city of Longview. Homes for rent allow families to test their water-skiing skills on Lake Gladewater, play a couple rounds of tennis in Garland Ferguson Park or pick up a few new treasures at the Arts and Crafts Festival in September.
Facts for Renters
The city was founded in 1893 by the Texas and Pacific Railway Company after land was bought from Jarrett Dean and Anderson White. The railroad caused a few surrounding communities such as Point Pleasant and St. Clair to move to Gladewater as that was the only railroad stop for the area.
The town was incorporated into the state in 1894, using a mayor-alderman government. As the town population grew, that type of government became less effective. By 1931, it was necessary to implement a form of city government. Gladewater adopted a mayor-council government in 1955.
Lumbering was a popular activity for townspeople, as was farming. The town's major export was cotton.
Gladewater became part of the oil boom, causing a subsequent boom in population.
Oil resources depleted from the area by the 1970s, causing the town to have a more diversified economy. Gladewater began producing items such as furniture, boats and paper products.
Today, the city has a wide range of businesses. Some of its most popular events include the Roundup Rodeo in June and the Arts and Crafts Festival in September.
Resources for Renters
Learn all about the rules and regulations for Lake Gladewater and how it came to be on the city website.