Talk about being good sports. Each September, Longview holds its "Dalton Days" festival, commemorating and re-enacting the Dalton Gang's robbery of a local bank.
Then again, it seems this "Hub of East Texas Tourism" just likes to hold festivals, with no shortage of themes -- cowboys, the Renaissance and Christmas among them.
Longview was founded in 1870, when a local farmer sold a 100-acre parcel of land to the Southern Pacific Railroad for one gold dollar, with the stipulation that the railroad turn that land into a town. They kept their word, and how! Now 70,000 residents occupy Longview, situated on I-20, between Dallas to the west and Shreveport, Louisiana to the east.
Visitors are encouraged to bicycle through the city's gentle, pine tree covered hills and to enjoy numerous area lakes. Other attractions include the downtown "One Hundred Acres of Heritage" historical district, and lots of shopping.