The origin of Trinity Episcopal Church can be traced, along with other Longview institutions, to an incident during the days of the railroad boom. It was in 1871 that the Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg, bishop of the Diocese of Texas, baptized the first child of Episcopal faith in Longview.

The First Presbyterian Church of Longview was organized in 1873, the year Gregg County was organized and a plot of land at the corner of Center and Methvin streets was donated by the Texas and Pacific Railroad on Nov. 17, 1873.

At 103 years old, Troop 201 is one of the two oldest Boy Scout troops — if not the oldest — in the state. Its Scout Hut, as the cabin at Teague Park is known, has been in existence for nearly 80 years and serves a boys’ troop, a girls’ troop and a co-ed high-adventure troop.

In 1845, the old Methodist church in this community was a log building called the “Meeting House.” This first church structure was used by other Protestant denominations, school was taught there and community meetings were held under its rustic beams.

Today in Longview History

May 31, 2000: Looking for cuts as the budget process began, Mayor Earl Roberts said city employees who did not meet productivity standards would be out of a job. The City Council was seeking a 5-cent cut in property taxes over three years, and 1.5 cents in the next budget.

May 30, 1925: The Bathing Girls Revue at Lake Lomond attracted a large crowd. A decorated platform extended from the pavilion and the 11 entrants marched around the platform as Tim Atkins’ orchestra from Marshall played. Entrants, representing businesses, wore pretty suits and caps and carri…

May 30, 1972: An I-20 rest stop staffed by members of Gregg County Civil Defense and Texas State Guard served beverages and food to more than 1,000 motorists over the long Memorial Day weekend. Volunteers from the organization also provided help to motorists who had mechanical trouble.

May 28, 1941: U.S. Rep. Lyndon Johnson, in a Senate campaign speech on the Gregg County Courthouse lawn, advocated for privately built pipelines from East Texas oilfields to the Eastern seaboard. If necessary, he said, the government should assist with financing as it was doing for defense m…

May 27, 1972: Longview civic and business leaders gathered to organize the newly formed Longview Downtown Development Corp. Its objective was to maintain and encourage the civic, social, commercial and industrial welfare of the city through better business conditions. A consultant’s ideas fo…

May 26, 1957: County officials issued a plea to parents to keep children from following fogging machines being used by crews to battle a record infestation of mosquitoes. The fog of chlordane and DDT was not considered healthful, officials said, and posed a danger by hiding youngsters in traffic.

May 25, 1931: An alert trusty was credited with foiling a hacksaw plot to escape the Gregg County Jail. Two Kilgore men were nabbed for trying to smuggle a bundle with three hacksaws to “bad actors,” said to include a hijacker, being held in the jail’s front cell.

May 24, 1984: Despite warnings that “any city that allows alcohol has a curse on it,” the City Council voted 6-1 to allow sale and consumption of alcohol at Maude Cobb Activity Center. The vote was recommended by the Visitors and Conventions Advisory Committee.

May 23, 1894: Outlaw Bill Dalton and gang members Jim Wallace, Jim Nite and Judd Nite rode into Longview and robbed the First National Bank. The gunfight that followed at Fredonia and Bank streets was one of the Old West’s biggest, with 200 shots fired and two deaths.

May 22, 1961: It was R.G. LeTourneau Appreciation Day as the industrialist returned from New York, where he received the International Progress Award from the American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers. “The great honor which you have received also is an honor to our city,” Mayor J…