You’ll Find Treasures in Every Town

[imgbelt img=gladwater1.jpg]It usually doesn’t take long to find a treasure in any town. In Gladewater, Texas, it was the old school and football stadium.

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Knute Rockne movie, the one with a young Ronald Reagan.

The entrance had been kept in good shape, given its age. The structure is dated: 1933 to 1983. No wonder the players looked old-timey. They were shaped nearly 80 years ago!

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The old stadium was sold in 2010 to a Gladewater resident.

Bear Stadium was Gladwater’s pride and joy for half a century. “When I first got on that field, I noticed the magnificent grass and how well it was kept,” former player Dale Lange, 60, told the Longview News-Journal. “There was just something about that grass field. In those days, Old Bear Stadium stayed locked up. You couldn’t go in it. It was strictly for competition ball games, and boy was it well taken care of.”

The Bears played there, and while the schools were still segregated, so did the Weldon Bumblebees, the team representing the black high school. Several players — Winston Hill, Dave Lloyd, James Scott — went on from the old Bear Stadium to the National Football League, Christina Lane reported.

The stadium was a happening place. On August 10, 1955, Elvis played there on one of his many East Texas tours.

Gladewater built a new stadium and left this old one in 1983. It sat empty until last year, when it was bought by Samuel Lucky of Gladewater. The cost was $40,611.47.

And, just around the corner from Bear stadium, we saw Gladewater’s old high school, built in 1964 and designed by Preston Geren. We don’t know where we’ve seen a more beautiful public building.

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