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Ore City Texas

The City of Ore City is located in Upshur County in Upper East Texas on U.S. Highway 259. It is located south of Lone Star, northeast of Gilmer, and north of Longview.

After the Civil War, rich iron ore deposits were discovered in the area and ore was mined from the 1860s through 1900. Ore City was incorporated in the early 1950s.

Ore City Texas City Limit

City of Ore City

Ore City Economic Development Corporation

Upshur County

Ore City Independent School District

Population 1,108 residents in the 2020 Federal Census
Area Code 903
Zip Code 75683


Interactive Map of Ore City Texas (courtesy of Google)

Map of Upper East Texas

Map of East Texas

Lake O' The Pines

entrance area to Brushy Creek Park at Lake O' the Pines in East Texas
Brushy Creek Park at Lake O' the Pines

Lake O' the Pines is located on Big Cypress Creek in the Cypress River Basin, 25 miles northeast of Longview in Marion, Morris, Upshur, and Camp counties. It has a surface area of 16,919 acres, and a maximum depth of 49.5 feet. The lake was impounded in 1956.

This lake's diverse fish community offers many angling opportunities. White bass are native to the Cypress River Basin; the population is abundant and contains many legal-size fishes. Crappie, also popular with anglers, are quite abundant with large proportions of legal-size fish available.

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More East Texas Attractions

While visiting the Ore City area, you may want to journey on various day trips in several directions:

    • Jefferson - antiques, Jay Gould's railroad car, Jefferson Carnegie Library, steam train rides, steamboats on Caddo Lake, B&Bs
    • Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, Gusher Days, Roundup Rodeo, Helen Lee Daffodil Gardens
    • Gilmer - East Texas Yamboree, Historic Upshur Museum, Lake Gilmer
    • Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
    • Joinerville Texas - Daisy Bradford oil discovery monuments and Great East Texas Oilfield markers, Gaston Museum
    • Longview - Gregg County Fair & Exposition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, R.G. LeTourneau Museum, Great Texas Balloon Race, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
    • Marshall - Michelson Museum of Art, Starr Family home State Historic Park, Harrison County Historical Museum, Ginocchio Hotel, T&P Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland of Lights
    • Carthage - Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, East Texas Oil & Gas Blast, Piney Woods Quilt Festival Rode Jamboree
    • Henderson - Heritage Syrup Festival, Howard Dickinson House Museum, Depot Museum, antique shopping, Historic Downtown Square