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Gladewater is a city in Gregg and Upshur counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 6,441 at the 2010 census. U.S. Route 80 traverses the city.The town is probably most famous as a base during Elvis Presley's early career, and also as the town in which Johnny Cash wrote "I Walk the Line". In the early 20th century, Gladewater was an oil boom town. Gladewater is known as the "Antique Capital of East Texas" with its Main Street downtown antique district.GeographyIt is located in western Gregg County and southern Upshur County at, primarily within Gregg County. U.S. Route 80 leads east to Longview and west 10mi to Big Sandy. U.S. Route 271 crosses US 80 in the center of Gladewater, leading north to Gilmer and southwest to Tyler.According to the United States Census Bureau, Gladewater has a total area of 31.5sqkm, of which 30.0sqkm are land and 1.4sqkm, or 4.61%, are water. The Sabine River forms the southwest border of the city.HistoryGladewater was founded by the Texas and Pacific Railway Company in 1873 on land bought from Jarrett Dean and Anderson White. A community called St. Clair, 2mi to the east, moved to Gladewater when the railroad announced that the only mail stop in the area would be there; residents from Point Pleasant, also bypassed by the railroad, moved to Gladewater. The first post office at Gladewater was established on August 22, 1873. The town's name probably originated from its proximity to Glade Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River that rose in a rather barren region called the Glades.
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