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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.

For 78 years, “Rural East Texas” has been telling a bigger story than just the scenes it depicts from its spot above an office door in the downtown Longview post office lobby.

Robert (Bob) Holloway Sr. remembers playing dominoes with his grandmother, Lizzie Methvin, in the three-story house that once sat on Rock Hill on what is now Center Street in Longview.

Back in 2001, real estate agent Billy Decker was looking for another office location when he found an ideal site — and a signature piece of Longview history — in the Northcutt house, at 313 S. Fredonia St.

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.

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Pittsburg has an award-winning downtown, and there’s talk locally about an improving economy and evidence that the best is yet to come.

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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.

There’s not a more heavenly sight than springtime in Texas when the wildflowers are in bloom. When I was a little girl, my parents would load my brother and me up in the family sedan for a Sunday drive through the countryside to visit the bluebonnets.

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 …