After eight consecutive days of rain we decided to get out yesterday afternoon and made a day trip to Gladewater, TX. This historic town in Northeast Texas today is known for it's antique shops. At one time they said over 275 shops. Like everything else with our slower economy I do not believe they have quite that many today. The town was established in 1872 when The Texas & Pacific Railroad told St. Clair residents there would be only one mail stop at that would be at Gladewater. “Black Gold” brought quick change to the area when the first oil gusher blew in 1931. Overnight the town boomed from 500 to 10,000 as people who had lost their jobs to the Great Depression came seeking work.
Gladewater was the hub of production and refining and the East Texas field soon accounted for more than 10 percent of the world’s oil. In 1938 Gladewater was called the western gateway to the Great East Texas Oil Field, the largest in the world, with 25,000 wells.
We also discovered they had a fairly new RV park that opened not to long ago. It’s called Antique Capital RV Park.
112 Level Concrete Pads
30/50 amp sites
l Direct TV
Catch & Release Fishing Pond
3500 sq ft Activity Center
Here are two photos of a flooded field after all the rain we had last week where the Big and Little Cypress Creeks became one and flooded a lot of low lying areas.