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Diggin'

Posted by Kelly Acock on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : History 

(posted and written by Kelly Acock, Director of the Longview Festival 2013/14)

The very first time I drove by the Historical Longview Barns I thought OH wow, how amazing are these structures and what I wouldn't give to take a look inside!   Ten years later I was digging in the dirt and rubble inside to bring to life a history that was, in a great sense, buried by time.  

Let me share with you all that goes into the thought process of digging and what the goal is to preserve the history here at ...
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Robert A. Long

Posted by Kelly Acock on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, In : History 



Robert Alexander Long (1850–1934) was a lumber baron, developer, investor, newspaper owner, and philanthropist. He lived most of his life in Kansas City, Missouri and founded Longview, Washington and Longville, Louisiana.

By 1906, Long owned 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) of pine in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana and converted it into 61 lumberyards. As the timber land was deforested in Louisiana, he moved west to the state of Washington and bought 270,000 acres (1,100 km2) of Douglas fir. The...


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Longview Farm: Biography of a Dream Come True

Posted by Kelly Acock on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : History 



October 23, 2011

Longview Farm was simply amazing in both its scope and design. It was picturesque in its winding scenic country lanes – twenty five miles of glistening white rail fencing set against lush green pastures – leading to a multitude of strikingly grand red-tiled roofs and white stucco buildings. The barns, as well as the residences, were likewise magnificent in their exterior construction and in their landscaping of vines, flowers, shrubs, and ...

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New Longview...now

Posted by Kelly Acock on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, In : History 

In the Fall of 2001 more than 800 community members worked alongside a nationally respected team of land planners and designers in an exhaustive six day design, planning and working party convened by Gale Communities to help 'Save Longview'. 

 

From this came the concept for New Longview, a TND {Traditional Neighborhood Design} community.  This variety of homes, offices, shops, restaurants, an elementary school, churches and parks incorporated the original historic structures and together cre...

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Longview Farm...then

Posted by Kelly Acock on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : History 
In 1913 - 1914 Kansas City lumberman Robert A. Long built 'The World's Most Beautiful Farm'.  Longview's 24,000 sq. ft. Mansion, Show Horse Arena, race track, grandstand, and 45 other buildings graced 1,650 landscaped acres with 7 miles of white fence.  The baronial estate was self-sustaining and included every modern technology and convenience. 




For half a century Longview Farm was home to Long's daughter Loula.  With a staff of 200 she raised prize winning livestock, especially horses that ...

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