Welcome to Overton, TX!

Designated Lone Star City
City Hall (903) 834-3171 – Fax (903) 834-3174
Police Department (903) 834-3145 – Fax (903) 834-3216

2019 Fireworks in the Park

Click here for the T-Shirt/Cap Pre-Order Form.  Deadline to pre-order is extended until June 23rd.

If you are interested in having a booth at the event, please click here for the Booth Application.  Booth application deadline is June 28th.

Notice of Open Spaces – General Election – November 5, 2019

Posted 6/13/19 4:00pm

NOTICE OF OPEN SPACES FOR A PLACE ON THE BALLOT FOR OVERTON GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Notice is hereby given that the following places on the Overton City Council will be open for the General Election

Mayor – C. R. Evans, Jr.

Place 2 – John C. Posey, Jr.

Place 4 – David Stone

City of Overton Citizens, who may be interested in filing as a Candidate for a place on the Overton City Council General Election ballot, may do so between the following dates:

Saturday, July 20, 2019 to Monday, August 19, 2019 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to Order General Election:  Monday, August 19, 2019

Please contact the City Secretary for a General Election Candidate Application Packet.

Order of Election – Kilgore Junior College – 5/4/2019

ORDER OF ELECTION FOR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

Kilgore Junior College District

An election is hereby ordered to be held on May 4, 2019, for the purpose of
electing Board of Trustees Member, South Zone, Voting Unit 1, Place 7, for the
regular six year term.

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at:

City Hall – 815 N. Kilgore St. Kilgore, TX

8:00am – 5:00pm on Monday, April 22, 2019
7:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2019
8:00am – 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019
8:00am – 5:00pm on Monday, April 29, 2019
7:00am – 7:00pm, Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2019

Click here for full Order of Election,

2019 City Clean Up Information

April 2019 is Don’t Mess with Texas month.

The City of Overton will be holding its annual City Wide Clean Up Days on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27, 2019.  Please click here for detailed information regarding hours and accepted materials.

Rusk County will be holding a “free” dump day on April 6, 2019.  Please click here for information regarding locations, hours and accepted materials.

Public Hearing on CDBG Close Out – 3/21/19

City of Overton

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The City of Overton will conduct a public hearing concerning the Texas
Department of Agriculture and closing out the City’s project for their Community
Development Block Grant. This hearing will be held to review the City’s program
performance including the actual use of Community Development Block Grant
funds expended under TxCDBG contract #7217341. Para residentes necesitados
de interpretes, favor de comunicarse con la municipalidad antes de las audiencia
publica.

The public hearing will be held as follows:

DAY/DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2019

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  City Hall, 1200 S. Commerce St.
Overton, TX 75684

History of Overton

The City of Overton, Texas located both in Rusk and Smith counties.  Overton lies approximately 10 miles south of Kilgore (25 miles south of Longview), 15 miles west of Henderson and 20 miles southeast of Tyler.

The town was named after Major Frank Overton, an early settler and landowner who donated some of his land for the town site. It was platted in 1873 and a post office was granted that year.

Overton was originally intended to be a crossroads for two railroads. In 1875 the Henderson and Overton Branch Railroad, 16 miles long, was completed and was later joined by the International-Great Northern. When the nearby communities of Belleveu, Jamestown, Rocky Mount, and Salem were all bypassed by the railroad, Overton gained the businesses and people who wanted to benefit from the railroad lines. The town offered lots for businesses to relocate and many took the offer.

The Masons and Odd Fellows built the first school and a church was constructed in 1875. By 1888 the population had increased to 500 and had all essential businesses, including a newspaper. Overton prospered as an agricultural community and in 1904 the population had reached 568.

Oklahoman wildcatter C. M. (Dad) Joiner was drilling his third well in 1930 and the town of Overton helped raise the funds he needed to drill. When the well came in Overton, shared in Joiner’s success, as churches, schools, and a refinery were built. Hubbard College was founded during this time as well. The town’s once agrarian-based economy suddenly revolved entirely around the production of oil.

Overton’s population exploded from 426 in 1931 to 3,000 in 1933. By 1936 it was up to 4,500 and the town went through the Great Depression relatively unscathed. But by the end of World War II the population had declined by half – reaching just 2,000 in the 1950s and remaining at that level through the 1970s. In the 1980s Overton was Rusk County’s “second city” with a population of 2,430 in 1983. By the 1990s Overton extended into neighboring Smith County.