Welcome to Overton, TX!

Designated Lone Star City
City Hall (903) 834-3171 – Fax (903) 834-3174
Police Department (903) 834-3145 – Fax (903) 834-3216

Weather Delays City Hall Opening on January 17th

Due to the weather Overton City Hall will not open till 12 p.m. Wednesday January 17th weather permitting.

Overton Municipal Court has been canceled for Wednesday January 17th and has been rescheduled for February 7th at 10 a.m.

Rescind Boil Water Notice – City of Overton Public Water System

Date of Issue: 1/6/2018 Time Issued: 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

Boil Water Notice Rescinded

January 6, 2018

On January 3, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Overton public water system, ID Number 2010002, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of January 6, 2018.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Dillon Roach, Public Works Supervisor, at (903) 834-3171, 1200 S Commerce Overton, TX 75684.

Aviso de Hervir Agua Rescindido

6 de enero de 2018

El 3 de enero de 2018, la Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas requirió que el sistema público de agua Ciudad de Overton, número de identificación 2010002, emitiera un Aviso de Hervir Agua para informar a clientes, individuos o empleados que debido a condiciones que ocurrieron recientemente en el sistema público de agua, el agua de este sistema público de agua debía ser hervida antes de que se usara como agua potable o para otros fines de consumo humano.

El sistema público de agua ha tomado las medidas correctivas necesarias para restaurar la calidad del agua distribuida por este sistema público de agua utilizada como agua potable o para otros fines de consumo humano y ha proporcionado a la TCEQ resultados de pruebas de laboratorio que indican que el agua ya no requiere hervir antes de usarse a partir del 6 de enero de 2018.

Si usted tiene preguntas sobre este asunto, puede contactar a Dillon Roach, el Superviso de Obras Públicas en (903) 834-3171, 1200 S Commerce Overton, TX 75684.

Council, Boards & Commission Applications Accepted

Council, Boards & Commission Applications Accepted
The Overton City Council is now accepting applications for qualified interested citizens willing to be appointed to and serve on the following Boards & Commissions to fill vacancies (current and future):

  • City Council 
  • Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Overton Economic Development Corporation Board
  • Overton Municipal Development District Board 

Qualifications include proof of residency in the City of Overton, current voter registration and the ability to attend a minimum of one evening meeting per month.  Individuals interested in applying may obtain and submit their application for consideration to the office of the City Secretary located at the Overton City Hall, 1200 S. Commerce, Overton, TX 75684.  Applications will be reviewed by City Council who will appoint chosen applicant to the position.

History of Overton

The City of Overton, Texas located both in Rusk and Smith counties.  Overton lies approximately 10 miles south of Kilgore (25 miles south of Longview), 15 miles west of Henderson and 20 miles southeast of Tyler.

The town was named after Major Frank Overton, an early settler and landowner who donated some of his land for the town site. It was platted in 1873 and a post office was granted that year.

Overton was originally intended to be a crossroads for two railroads. In 1875 the Henderson and Overton Branch Railroad, 16 miles long, was completed and was later joined by the International-Great Northern. When the nearby communities of Belleveu, Jamestown, Rocky Mount, and Salem were all bypassed by the railroad, Overton gained the businesses and people who wanted to benefit from the railroad lines. The town offered lots for businesses to relocate and many took the offer.

The Masons and Odd Fellows built the first school and a church was constructed in 1875. By 1888 the population had increased to 500 and had all essential businesses, including a newspaper. Overton prospered as an agricultural community and in 1904 the population had reached 568.

Oklahoman wildcatter C. M. (Dad) Joiner was drilling his third well in 1930 and the town of Overton helped raise the funds he needed to drill. When the well came in Overton, shared in Joiner’s success, as churches, schools, and a refinery were built. Hubbard College was founded during this time as well. The town’s once agrarian-based economy suddenly revolved entirely around the production of oil.

Overton’s population exploded from 426 in 1931 to 3,000 in 1933. By 1936 it was up to 4,500 and the town went through the Great Depression relatively unscathed. But by the end of World War II the population had declined by half – reaching just 2,000 in the 1950s and remaining at that level through the 1970s. In the 1980s Overton was Rusk County’s “second city” with a population of 2,430 in 1983. By the 1990s Overton extended into neighboring Smith County.