WELCOME TO OVERTON
Designated Lone Star City
City Hall (903) 834 -3171 or (903) 834 -3172 Voice
Police Department (903) 834 - 3145 Voice (903) 834 - 3174 Fax
February 24, 2017 4:00 P.M.
Update to Public Notice to Boil Water
In order to officially rescind the Boil Water Notice put in place this morning (Friday, February 24, 2017), it is necessary to send water samples to our testing lab who will certify the quality of the water and notify the City when it is cleared.
Unfortunately this test cannot be done until Monday, February 27, 2017. As soon as the lab certifies that the water is potable, a recension of the Boil Water Notice will be issued.
February 24, 2017 8:00 a.m.
Public Notice to Boil Water
Due to break in the primar y water distribution line, approximately 300 ft. from Well #5 on HWY 850, the elevated storage tank could not be filled. As the water tower drained there was a loss of pressure in the distribution system that was below the required minimum of 35 psi. When this occurs the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires the City of Overton Water System/ ID Number 2010002, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice. Please watch the City’s web site for a notice rescinding this initial notice, once the need for boiling water has passed.
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Dillon Roach, Public Works Supervisor at 903-834-3171 .
OEDC Funded Projects
Authorization of Funding for Projects\
Council Action ORD- 2015-02-19B
Ordering Election May 2015
- Link to results page
OEDC Funded projects
Prop #1 -
Replace Water and Sewer Lines Downtown
$ 184,270 34%
Prop #2 -
Rebuild Intersect Comm St. & Holland St.
Prop #3 -
Dam Improvements #1
Prop #4 -
Spillway Improvements #2
Prop #5 -
OMDD Funded Projects
Replace Community Center Floor
Replace Tables and Chairs in Community Center
Reconstruct- Repave Community Bld Parking Lot
Total All Sources
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.