Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - History



First Advisor

Dr. Perky Beisel

Second Advisor

Dr. Jere Jackson

Third Advisor

Dr. Scott Sosebee

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Chay Runnels


In October of 1930, Columbus Marion Joiner’s oil rig, “Daisy Bradford No. 3,” blew a gusher of oil high into the East Texas sky. The subsequent storm of economic activity that resulted from the discovery of the East Texas oilfield irrevocably changed the built environment of many small towns in the region, including Gladewater, Texas. Oil money that flowed into the city funded a flurry of building projects in the 1930s and 1940s that left an indelible mark on the landscape of Gladewater’s downtown area. Unfortunately, a lack of oversight, planning, and guidance has since led to the deterioration of the design, materials, and integrity of Gladewater’s historic downtown— resulting in a loss of visual cohesiveness and historic character. These design guidelines are a tool that will enable the City of Gladewater to take appropriate measures to properly preserve and rehabilitate its historic resources for the enjoyment of future generations.

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