Serving Longview TX & Surrounding Areas
Gilmer Texas is best known for being the home of the East Texas Yamboree and the birthplace of popular music singers Don Henley of the Eagles band and Johnny Mathis, as well as blues musician Freddie King. The population was 4,905 at the 2010 census. The city’s namesake is a former United States Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Walker Gilmer.
Four miles west of Gilmer is Lake Gilmer, which opened September 29, 2001.
Gilmer is part of a larger area known as the “Piney Woods”. The city and the surrounding area boast a number of impressive specimens. The historic Trail of Tears came through this region, so to this day arrowheads and other Native American artifacts can be found with little to no digging.
Gilmer is served by the Gilmer Independent School District.