History of  Valley View, Texas

Valley View Historical Timeline

  • 1870  Valley View settled by the L.W. Lee family

  • 1872  Plotted as Valley View after the beautiful view of Spring Creek Valley, 18 families settled in and a Post Office was established

  • 1873  Blacksmith Shop opened and the building was used for the first community’s school

  • 1884  Population at 250, 3 steam gristmills and cotton gins, 3 general stores.  Commodities  shipped from Valley View were cotton, livestock and wheat.

  • 1886  The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway (now BNSF Railway) came through Valley View

  • 1890  Addition of 4 churches and 1 hotel

  • 1902  VVISD was incorporated

  • 1903  Completion of a two story school house, 6 brick business buildings, arrival of telephone  service and opening of a bank.

  • 1904  Valley View News began publishing weekly

  • 1914  Population up to 600

  • 1924  Two fires struck Valley View.  In the fall, the east side of town burnt down.  On December 19th, bank robbers robbed the First National Bank of $5,000 and started a fire that burned it down along with two city blocks.

  • 1920-60  Population estimation at 700

  • 1970  Population peaked at 805, then declined

  • 1990  Population down to 640

  • 2006  Awarded the Governor’s Community Achievement Award by Governor Rick Perry for conserving and enhancing the natural resources of Texas through Keep Valley View Beautiful.  Spear headed by Perlene and Norman Newton.

  • 2009  Awarded a second Governor’s Community Achievement Award by Governor Rick Perry

  • 2013  Legalized Alcohol Sales in JP Precinct 4, as Valley View citizen Laura McMullen spear headed this to help with increased city taxation

  • 2017  Population is at approximately 800 and growing. With businesses flourishing such as a Farmer’s Market, home decor & 2 boutiques, eateries, winery, hair salon, cabinet shop, bank, bed & breakfast with event center, distillery, hotel and hometown Medical Clinic available and open to the public.  Service Businesses such as surveying, plumbing, realtors, auto repairs, convenient stores, feed mill, transportation, construction, art studio and much more. 

Explore this little jewel right off I-35 just 16 miles south of the Red River. Only 60 miles from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex

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First National Bank after two city blocks burned down. The bank building is now Whiskey Hollow. 

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