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

Community Updates

**BOIL WATER NOTICE** 02/16/21

Due to a large crack in the City’s 8’’ distribution line on Helen Street and a loss of power at two (2) of the three (3) City’s water wells, a pressure loss has occurred in the distribution system.  The  City of Overton has issued a Boil Water Notice until...

Community Building Open for Heat

The City has opened the Overton Community Building at 505 S. Meadowbrook Drive for those of you that do not have heat/electricity. Please bring your own bedding. The center set of doors are unlocked. This will be available for as long as the building has electricity...

City Hall Closed – February 15-16, 2021

Due to the weather and icy roads, City Hall will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16, 2021. City Hall plans to reopen when this severe winter episode is over and it is safe for employees to return to work. Staff has already been alerted to possible delays...

Notice of Possible Quorum – 12-23-2020

NOTICE OF POSSIBLE QUORUM OF THE OVERTON CITY COUNCIL  Notice is hereby given that there will be an employee Christmas Luncheon at the Overton Community Building located at 505 Meadowbrook Drive, Overton, Texas on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. A quorum of...

Chief of Police Position Open

    CHIEF OF POLICE POSITION OPEN   POSITION SUMMARY: Plans, coordinates, manages, and directs the operations and activities of the City's Police Department; provides oversight for the Department's field and administrative support functions; oversees...

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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.