This serial story is an alternative view of actual Texas history. Created with fiction, this six-installment series will reveal an imagined view of the early days in East Texas and the grit and vision of Longview’s founding family, Margaret and O.H. Methvin.

Marshall’s newly renovated Memorial City Hall will sing a new song this fall and Christmas season, when the more than 100-year-old building welcomes a Texas country music legend and an internationally known performing group to the stage.

Oh East Texas, how do we love you? You’re a hot, humid, beautiful mess. You’re a sweet song and an old story. You’re a walk in the park that we hope never ends. We just can’t get enough of you. Here's a look at just some of the reasons View Magazine believes East Texas is a place like no other.

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You don’t have to look very hard to see this town’s roots. Railroad tracks laid down in the 1870s by the Texas and Pacific Railway Co. run right through downtown, and the pumping unit from the first gusher drilled near town during the 1930s oil boom sits beside the rails, a derrick towering …