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
Email us: info@cityofoverton.com

Update for the 2020 Fireworks in the Park Event

!!**++UPDATE TO 2020 FIREWORKS IN THE PARK EVENT!!**++

THE EVENT WILL GO ON! (with some minor changes)

The City of Overton’s Fireworks Committee (which includes the mayor) met this morning to discuss Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29 announced yesterday. The Committee made a few protocol changes. According to Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, if you are in an outside open space, you must wear a mask if you cannot social distance. Therefore, we ask that you bring your masks and if you are near other attendees that are not in your group, please wear your mask.
Staff members shuttling attendees will be required to wear a mask. Drivers will not be allowed to pick up anyone outside of your family/friend unit/group. Please be patient as the drivers shuttle people back and forth. We only have one 8-person golf cart, so if you see it half-empty, know it is because the drivers will not be allowed to pick up anyone outside of that group/unit.
We have canceled the kids inflatables. We will still have a game for them and the playground. Remember, you can fish in the lake too! (Follow all Texas Parks & Wildlife rules).
We will mark off 10′ spaces on the dam and along Lakeshore Drive for groups/units. Please stay in these areas with who you arrived with and do not congregate outside of your area. Remember – NO MORE THAN 10 TO A GROUP/UNIT.
If anyone has any other safety protocol suggestions (we have the cleaning/sanitation thing handled) outside of the norm, please hit us up! We want everyone to enjoy this event while practicing social distancing and being safe!
Thank you and we’ll see you tomorrow! Remember, food and retail vendor booths open at 5:00 p.m. and fireworks will start at dark – around 9:ish!

Closed for Memorial Day

City offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. If you have a non-911 emergency, please dial 903-834-3171 and press Option 1. In the meantime, have a wonderful and safe holiday. Please remember those that gave their life for our freedom.

 

Reopening of City Hall & P.D.

During the Special Called Meeting Thursday, May 14, 2020, the City Council approved the reopening of the following on Monday, May 18, 2020:

  • City Hall
  • Police Department
  • Overton City Park – Playground Equipment
  • Overton City Park – RV Park

The Council did NOT approve the reopening of the Community Building because of the potential to have large gatherings. The Council made the decision to reopen the Community Building when Governor Abbott reopens venues where there would be the potential for large gatherings.

When visiting City Hall or the Police Department, there will be a limit of one (1) person in the lobby at any given time. City Hall has two (2) lobbies and there will be a limit of one person per lobby. Additional customers will need to wait outside while practicing social distancing. Staff highly recommends customers and citizens wear a mask when visiting City Hall or the Police Department.

We are excited about the reopening for our citizens and want to make sure you and well as our employees are protected. Stay Safe Overton!

No Court Proceedings in May 2020

There will be no court hearings during May.

Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht issued an Order prohibiting in-person court proceedings. The Order expires June 1, 2020 except as noted within the Order. If you need to speak to the City of Overton Municipal Court Clerk, you may email her at jjordan@cityofoverton.com or call (903) 834-3171, press 3 regarding your citation or payment arrangements.

 

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.