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Gladewater Announces Year-Long Sesquicentennial Celebration

[GLADEWATER, December 30, 2022] In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the City of Gladewater will kick off its sesquicentennial celebration in January of 2023 with a series of monthly events that will run through December 2023.

The celebration will commence with Night at the Museum on Saturday, January 21st, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at The Gladewater Museum, located at 116 W. Pacific Ave. This event will feature unique displays, including Caddo artifacts, railroad memorabilia, and the TEXANA Book Collection, and special guest speakers who will discuss the rich history of Gladewater and Northeast Texas.

“We wanted to do something special to honor Gladewater’s 150th anniversary,” said Kevin Clark, President of the Gladewater 150th Committee. “We want the entire community to get involved in this year-long celebration and have included events for everyone in the family.”

Each month will feature a special event, including community favorites such as the Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo, Gusher Days, Holiday in Gusherville, Arts ‘n Crafts festival, Christmas parade, and Independence Day fireworks.

In addition to these annual favorites, the city will host other fun, family-friendly events throughout the year, including Black History Month, Youth Rally/Youth Challenge, Celebration of the Arts, fly-in with EEA event, Juneteenth, Gladewater Homecoming, and other activities focused on education, history, and culture.

To learn more about the sesquicentennial celebration and to get involved, visit


In the summer of 1873, the Texas Pacific Railroad began the push westward from Longview, Texas. To meet the water needs of the trains, a stop was planned in the vicinity of the Sabine River and the Point Pleasant Community. The new community, which was named Gladewater, was created from lands purchased from Jarred Dean and Anderson White (North and South respectively), with city parcels divided among the three for sale. 2023 marks Gladewater’s 150th year and our 150th year in a partnership with Texas Pacific – now Union Pacific Railroad.

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  1. Gayla Hart on December 31, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I look forward to the whole exciting opportunities.

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