Gladewater Pop.6,171 Alt. 333

General -

Settlers from an earlier community called St. Clair moved en masse a few miles east to the Texas and Pacific RR when it built through in 1872. In 1931 oil was discovered and population doubled to 1,000 overnight, reaching 10,000 at the height of the boom. (One of Texaco's first derricks and pumping units is preserved in the 100 block of W. Commerce along with historical marker.) City now a trade center for agricultural and lumbering interests. Claiming title of "Antique Capital of East Texas" city boasts more than two dozen antique and crafts shops. B & B Bygones features original soda fountain with marble top; serves old- fashioned sodas and sandwiches. Location map and information from chamber of commerce, 215 N. Main (U.S. 271).

Helen Lee Estate Daffodil Gardens

Spectacular display of blooms draws visitors from wide area. Open during blooming season (mid-Feb. through late-Feb.) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. From Loop 485, take U.S. 271 south 5.6 mi.; then 1.3 mi. east on County Road 3104.

St. Clair Museum of Gladewater

Mementoes and artifacts of city's early days. Open Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 817 N. Main St. Historical exhibits also displayed at Gladewater National Bank, Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (till 6 p.m. Fri.) and a collection of historic pictures is at the First State Bank (same hours). Banks are on U.S. 271.



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