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SETTIN’ ON THE WOODBINE: The Gladewater High School Theater Department proudly presents the story of the Gladewater, Texas oil boom history! 

[GLADEWATER, TX, October 30, 2023] You are invited to “Settin’ On The Woodbine” at the Ken Bennett Auditorium inside the Gladewater High School for four showings; November 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th! $5 per person (show starts at 7pm, cash only, tickets at the door)

  • Original Text by: Jerry Kates, Molly Aberrombie, Brenda Kaster and Glen Goza
  • Directed & Edited by: Jessica Smith Musical Director: Darren Richardson

Don’t miss the opening night chicken spaghetti dinner for $12 (cash only) to be held in the Gladewater High School Cafeteria beginning at 5:30pm. All proceeds benefit the Gladewater High School Choir.

C’mon out and join us in celebrating Gladewater’s sesquicentennial with this wonderful showing!

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In the summer of 1873, the Texas and 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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