Gladewater Historic District

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Gladewater, Texas Historic District Jul 06, 2017
Gladewater has a nice historic district with several buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. There are no locations in Gladewater listed on the National Register of Historic Places, however there are several listed as Texas Landmarks. The center of the historic district had nice buildings along old style brick streets. Along the old rail line in the center of town, in the 100 block of Commerce Street, is one of the first oil derricks built by what became Texaco which was part of the oil boom here in the 1930s. On the grounds of the Gladewater Museum is a memorial dedicated to Texas Ranger Daniel L. McDuffie who lost his life in the line of duty on 7 July 1931. Gladewater also has a nice veteran’s memorial denoting the names of individuals from Gladewater and the county who served during the nation's wars. One of the citizens of Gladewater was John Ben Shepperd who was a lawyer, county commissioner, secretary of state, and attorney general. After he retired from public service, he served on numerous civic and charitable services and was appointed to the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (now the Texas Historical Commission) and was instrumental in the establishment of the Texas Historical Marker program. In addition, Elvis Presley spent some of his early career here and Johnny Cash was here when he wrote the classic “I Walk the Line”. Gladewater has some nice memorials to area veterans and to a Texas Ranger killed near here in the line of duty. The historic plaque in the photo is perhaps less informative than just amusing.
Gladewater Historic District
Gladewater Historic District
Gladewater Mirror Building
Amusing Historic Plaque on Gladewa…
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