Longview 150

Longview 150 Cover Image
Transportation Show Logo

A Ride Through History - Transportation Show

August 15
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Longview Convention Complex

Grand Sequicentennial Trek
Time Capsule

Longview 150 Time Capsule
What would you want to leave behind for someone 100 years from now.  The Historic Preservation Commission will bury a time capsule at the Longview Public Library to celebrate Longview’s 150th 

Postponed - To Be Reschedule

Old City Hall, 200 S. Center St.

Ossamus Beard Contest

Ossamus Beard Contest
In honor of Longview’s founder, Ossamus H. Methvin, and as part
of Longview’s Sesquicentennial, Eastman Credit Union is sponsoring
the Ossamus Beard Contest.

Upload a photo of your and your beard to one of the beard categories through March 27.

Longview celebrates 150 years in 2020! Longview was formed in 1870 when O.H. Methvin deeded 100 acres of land for the creation of a town along soon-to-be-constructed railroad line. As the story goes, they stood from the top of "Rock Hill" in present-day Downtown Longview and said something along the lines of "Oh my, that’s a long view." The rest is 150 years of East Texas history.

Pleasant Hill Quilting Group

February Events

"Portraits of our Past" Exhibit Opens
Feb. 4 - March 28
Gregg County Historical Museum

Longview Sesquicentennial Ball hosted by the Junior League of Longview
Feb. 22
6:30 p.m. – Midnight
Maude Cobb Convention Center

The First Tee Piney Woods Hosts Longview 150 Adult/Child Golf Tournament
Feb. 22 and 23
The Divine Nine Golf Course

Longview Sesquicentennial Ball Logo

March Events

Longview 150 Passport Program sponsored by the Junior League of Longview
March 7 - March 21
Various Locations

Cemetery tour with Historical Figure Re-enactments
March 14
Greenwood Cemetery

Cannibals Baseball Game Re-enactment
This event has been canceled as a precaution due to the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The city will notify the public of events that have been tentatively rescheduled once those dates have been confirmed.  

Cannibals Team Photo

April Events

Back Porch Stories
April 3 - 4
ArtsView Children’s Theatre

Dalton Days
May 30
Gregg County Historical Museum

Longview 150 Historic Landmarks Art Exhibit 
April 11 - June 27
Longview Museum of Fine Arts

Back in Time Scavenger Hunt presented by Partners in Prevention Mentoring Program
Aug. 29 ● 1:30 p.m.
Downtown Longview

First Baptist Church - Longview Homecoming
April 18 ● 5 - 7 p.m.
April 19 ● 10 a.m. - Noon

Longview’s Place in the World of the 1870’s
April 21 ● 12 and 6 p.m.
First Christian Church - Disciple House

Alpine Church of Christ and Alpine Christian Academy Reunion and Anniversary Celebration
April 25 - 26

Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social
April 26 ● 3 - 5 p.m.
First United Methodist Church

Dalton Days

Other Events

Celebrating Longview’s 150 Years of Musical Heritage
April 9, 16, 23, and 30, May 7 and 14
Longview Arboretum and Nature Center

Cornbread, Cobblers and Cakes
May 2
Historic Longview Farmers Market

Sesquicentennial Exhibit Opens
May 5
Gregg County Historical Museum

Pound Cake Bake-Off
Postponed - To Be Reschedule
Fire Administration Building

@LongviewTX150 – Celebrating the People of Longview’s Sesquicentennial 2020
July 11 - Sept. 19
Longview Museum of Fine Art

Celebrate 150

Is your organization holding a #Longview150 celebration or community event?  Let us know at Longview150@LongviewTexas.gov to have your event included along with these other sesquicentennial celebrations.  View other ongoing 150 Celebrations, here.

My 150

Longview’s sesquicentennial is a great time to invest to Longview to help the city continue to grow and thrive.  What’s your 150? Is it $150 given to an organization or charity you support, 150 hours spent in the city’s parks and trails, or 150 days spent with a social media post about something you love about Longview?  Whatever you choose, we want to hear about it!

Planning Committee

The Longview 150 Planning Committee worked behind the scenes to make preparations for the sesquicentennial birthday celebration with a variety of activities scheduled for January-May 2020. The Longview 150 Celebration is purposefully designed to encourage opportunities for unique participation from area organizations such as schools, civic organizations, businesses, and churches.

Maude Cobb BalloonLiftoff 2020

The Gregg County Historical Museum’s Balloon Sculpture Project is a celebration of Longview’s history and heritage through custom made metal Hot Air Balloons that will be strategically placed around town to celebrate Longview’s Sesquicentennial.