Upshur County, TX


A Town Site of Upshur County TXGenWeb

With a population of about 5,000, Gilmer is located about 1 1/2 hours east of Dallas, about 1 1/2 hour north of Shreveport, LA. and about 30 minutes north east of Tyler. Three main transportation highways run through Gilmer: Highway 154, Highway 271, and Highway 155. Highway 154 goes west to Quitman & Lake Fork, and goes east to Marshall. Highway 271 goes north to Pittsburg & Mt. Pleasant and goes south to Gladewater. Highway 155 goes southwest to Big Sandy & Tyler and goes north east to Ore City, Lake of the Pines, & Linden.

Four miles west of downtown you will find Lake Gilmer. Lake Gilmer Park and Kelsey Creek Sanctuary Nature Trails Are located on Armadillo Road, just off Cherokee Trace.

Gilmer has four (4) schools: The Elementary and Intermediate schools are just off Hwy 271, north. Bruce Junior High is on south 271. The Gilmer High School is on Buffalo Street, just north of 154 west.

The medical facility, East Texas Medical Center at Gilmer, is an entity of East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. There are three staff physicians plus an emergency medical department. In addition, courtesy staff physicians include specialities in surgery, family practice, radiology, pathology, orthopedics and psychiatry. The Center provides 24 hr emergency services backed by an intensive care unit and surgery.

There are two nursing homes in Gilmer and two assisted living facilities.

Being the county seat, Gilmer has numerous restaurants and fast food places, ranging from locally owned family restaurants, burger and sandwich shops, buffet style Chinese, Steak, Mexican, Italian, BBQ & of course American. Gilmer is also home of the famous Doc's Hotlinks.

The Gilmer Civic Center is a large facility built in 1997. The auditorium provides total seating for 1,105. Fixed seating for 424 and additional retractable seating for 681 is available. Seats retract to seat 500 for banquets. The civic center draws both locally produced programs and nationally acclaimed acts and is available for rent.

Gilmer is home of the famous Annual Yamboree, Sweet Potato Festival, having been celebrated since 1935. Local businesses & schools treat this as a national holiday, and everyone closes shop and celebrates the event for 3 days with contests at the fairgrounds, celebration of the years Yamboree Queen, a big parade, and a carnival that covers the downtown square. The Yamboree is now one of the oldest civic festivals in Texas. Yamboree Park includes covered livestock areas and barns as well as the Yamboree building where quilt shows, etc. take place.  The yamboree building is also available for rent for family reunions, etc.  There are good playground facilities there as well as numerous ball park areas for the community/county baseball, t-ball, and soccer teams.

There are several places that might interest you. The Upshur Museum in the old Post Office building is close to the downtown square. The Flight of the Phoenix Museum is at the airport on 271 just south of town. North of town on Hwy 155 you will find Barnwell Mountain, home of an 1800 acre motorized off-road park, featuring ATV & Motorcycle trails. And don't forget that Yamboree Park just north of town on Hwy 271 has RV facilities for the travelers.

Upshur County is divided into 4 sections.....NW - the roads all have animal names; NE - the roads all have flower names; SW - the roads all have tree names; SE - the roads all have bird names.  This system greatly aids in finding addresses for churches, garage sales, etc.

Places of interest in Gilmer
Upshur County Courthouse
Downtown Gilmer on the Courthouse Square
Upshur County Library
702 Tyler Street
Gilmer, TX 75644
Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Upshur Museum
119 Simpson St
Gilmer TX 75644
Country Clerk
P.O. Box 730
Gilmer, TX 75644
903-680-8123 Deed Office
903-680-8127 Courts Office
Fax: 903-843-5492
Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum
Hwy 271 S. at the airport
For Museum Hours of Operation Contact
Steve Dean

Chamber of Commerce
106 Buffalo St.
PO Box 854
Gilmer, TX 75644
[email protected]
LDS Family History Center
1122 West Pine St
Gilmer TX
Mon Tues Thurs Fri   9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed   9:00 am - 1:00 pm   6:30 pm - 8:00
Summer Hours: Closed Fridays
Wednesdays only open 6:30-8:00 PM

Local Hotel Accommodations

Executive Inn
920 U.S. Hwy 271 South
Gilmer, TX 75644

Gilmer Inn
1018 U.S. Hwy 271 South
Gilmer, TX 75644
City of Gilmer
110 Buffalo Street
Gilmer, TX 75644
Fax: 903-843-3508

The Civic Center
For info: 903-797-8888

The Gilmer Mirror
P.O. Box 250
Gilmer, TX 75644
For info: 903-843-2413
Barnwell Mountain
Texas Motorcycle & ATV Trails
Hwy 155 N. of Gilmer


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