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.
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!
[imgcontainer left] [img:gladewater2.jpg] [source]Bill Bishop
The old stadium was sold in 2010 to a Gladewater resident.
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.