THE LONG VIEW
Longview, a Texas Main Street city, is named for the expansive sightlines from nearby Rock Hill that is the highest point in the area. With the establishment of its "One Hundred Acres of Heritage Main Street" program, Longview has ushered in a volunteer-driven alliance to preserve, promote, and revitalize its historic downtown. Old storefronts have been revitalized and a list of festivals and celebrations, all taking place downtown, enliven the city's profile. Heritage Plaza, a commemorative park in the heart of Longview, provides a gathering place and heritage center for revelry and history. Plaza panels highlight much of the city's past, including stories of the railroad, the oil and gas boom, and World War ll. Longview, in fact, is also the gathering place for a unique World War ll icon, the Big Inch, a petroleum pipeline built for the safe land-based passage of our nation's fuel supply from Texas to East Coast refineries during wartime. Longview's Gregg County Historical Museum, housed in the Texas Historic Landmark Everett Building downtown, details much of the region's history, including the robbery of the local bank by the notorious Dalton Gang.
Longview boasts a state cultural district designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Explore all they have to offer on your next visit!