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Gilmer, Texas

Lake Gilmer


Gilmer, Texas

GILMER, TEXAS is located in the heart of East Texas less than 20 miles north of Longview. Gilmer is a town in and the county seat of Upshur County, Texas. It is best known for being the home of the East Texas Yamboree, as well as the birthplace of popular music singers Don Henley of the Eagles band and Johnny Mathis.

The Gilmer post office opened in 1847. In its early years Gilmer served as a cotton-ginning center; it once had six gins in operation, and one continued until the 1950s. In 1890 farmers in the county began producing sweet potatoes but had to quarantine the crop in the late 1920s because of an infestation of sweet-potato weevils. When the quarantine lifted, residents organized the East Texas Yamboree, a fall festival to celebrate the sweet potato harvest; the first festival was held in October 1935. Through the years, the Yamboree has grown from a local event to one that draws a crowd from around Texas and surrounding states. Approximately 100,000 people attend the four-day event each October. The Gilmer community loves Friday night football. It is home to the Gilmer Buckeye’s. Gilmer also features a Lake Gilmer. It was opened to the public on September 29, 2001 and is located on FM 852, four miles west of downtown Gilmer.

Compared to the rest of the country, Gilmer's cost of living is 18.10% Lower than the U.S. average. As of 2014, Gilmer's population is 4,954 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 3.58 percent.

Enjoy all Gilmer has to offer in its peaceful, laid back lifestyle.

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