Upshur County, Texas

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Upshur County, Texas

Upshur County is located in East Texas with rolling to hilly topography and over half forested that drains to the Sabine River, Little Cypress Creek, Lake O' the Pines, Lake Gilmer, and Lake Gladewater. Local economy consists of manufacturing, oil and gas, agribusiness, and timber.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $5.5M
Total Listings 46
Avg. Days On Market 123
Avg. Price/SQFT $464

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Where is Upshur County, Texas?

  • Upshur County is in northeastern Texas. The center of the county lies at 32°44' north latitude and 94°54' west longitude. Gilmer, the seat of government, is near the center of the county, twenty-three miles northwest of Longview. The county was named for Abel Parker Upshur, the secretary of state under President John Tyler. Upshur County encompasses 587 square miles of land that slopes gradually from northwest to southeast, with altitudes that range from 225 to 685 feet above sea level. It is in the Piney Woods vegetation region and is covered by grasslands; loblolly, shortleaf, longleaf, and slash pines; and hardwoods such as oak, hickory, and maple.

  •  As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,309. The county is named for Abel P. Upshur, who was U.S. Secretary of State during President John Tyler's administration. Upshur County is part of the Longview, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the Longview–Marshall, TX Combined Statistical Area.

Adjacent Counties

  • Camp County (north)
  • Morris County (northeast)
  • Marion County (east)
  • Harrison County (southeast)
  • Gregg County (south)
  • Smith County (southwest)
  • Wood County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Upshur County 

  • Gilmer is known for being the home of the East Texas Yamboree, a four-day event held annually during the third weekend of October. It celebrates the popular crop grown in the area, the sweet potato, or the "yam".

  • Located downtown at 119 Simpson Street in a former U.S. Post Office is the Historic Upshur Museum. Construction on the building began in June of 1925 and was completed early in 1926; it served as the Gilmer post office until 1991. In 1992 local groups purchased the structure for a museum.

  • The International Possum Museum opened in Rhonesboro in the 1980s, and each year on the fourth Saturday in October the museum is "re-opened," and a Possum Queen is crowned with a crown of persimmons. Following the tradition begun in 1935, the East Texas Yamboree is held in Gilmer every October. Activities blend original events like the Queen's Parade and the Old Fiddlers' contest with more contemporary contests such as the Tater Trot with its ten and two kilometer races, the cross country bicycle races called Tour D'Yam, and the selection of the Grand Champion Hog and Steer.

Farming and Ranching in Upshur County 

  • The county has a subtropical humid climate and an average annual rainfall of 45.74 inches. Temperatures range from an average minimum of 37° F in January to an average maximum of 96° in July; the average growing season lasts 245 days. Prehistoric Upshur County was almost entirely forested with a blend of pine, maple, sweet and black gums, hickory, birch, ash, and many kinds of oaks, such as are found in the mixed deciduous-pine forests throughout the Eastern Woodlands region.  Mineral resources include oil, natural gas, lignite, and industrial sand.
  • Generally sandy, acidic, light-colored surface soils cover deep reddish, mottled subsoils. Upshur County straddles both of the major drainage systems of Texas. The northern portion drains into the Mississippi River via Little and Big Cypress creeks, while the waters of the southern portions flow to the Gulf of Mexico by means of the Sabine River, which forms the southwestern border of the county.
 

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