In coordination with Union Pacific Railroad, a presentation will be held to recognize Longview as a “Train Town USA” city. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, at the Longview Train Depot, 903 Pacific Avenue. The celebration is part of Union Pacific’s 150th Anniversary.
Longview’s history is directly tied to the development of the railroad. In 1870, O.H. Methvin deeded a 100 acre tract of land to Southern Pacific Railroad. In advance of the track construction, the railroad laid out a town site, naming it for the “long view” that could be seen from Methvin’s home. In 1871, Longview became the westward terminus of the railroad, and became an important regional trading center. In 1872, the International Railroad built a connection between Palestine and Longview, with a junction at the Pacific Avenue site known as Longview Junction.
Currently, Longview is a major crew change location on the Union Pacific Railroad, and according to LEDCO average 50 through freight starts per day, 3 local freights, and 8 switch engine starts per day. Also, the City of Longview is currently in the process of renovating the Longview Train Depot, which was originally built in 1940.