Valley View is a city in Cooke County, Texas, United States. The population was 757 at the2010 census.
Location of Valley View, Texas
|Coordinates: 33°29′37″N 97°9′52″W|
A blacksmith shop was opened in 1873, and the shop was used for the community's first school. By 1884 the town had an estimated 250 inhabitants, three steam gristmills and cotton gins, and three general stores and shipped cotton, livestock, and wheat. The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway (now the BNSF Railway) reached the town in 1886. Valley View had four church buildings and a hotel by 1890, and the Valley View Independent School Districtwas incorporated in 1902. In 1903 the town witnessed dramatic growth with the completion of a two-story brick school house and six brick business buildings, the arrival of telephone service, and the opening of a bank. The following year the Valley View News began publishing weekly. The community had an estimated population of 600 by 1914.
VALLEY VIEW SQUARE
Two fires struck the town in 1924. In the fall the east side of the town square was burned down. On the morning of December 19 bank robbers started a second fire as they robbed the First National Bank of $5,000.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
A further two city blocks were destroyed. Valley View's population was estimated at 700 from the 1920s through the mid-1960s. In 1970 it was 805, but the town declined during the next decade. When Valley View formally incorporated in 1980, it had 514 inhabitants and six businesses. The town began to grow again in the 1980s and had a population of 640 in 1990.
John Marvin Jones, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1916–40 and later Chief Judge of the federal Court of Claims, was born in Valley View.
Valley View is located at (33.493656, -97.164403).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all of it land.
Sports events play a large role in the community. The Varsity football team were State Champions in 1980. The Girls Varsity basketball team were 1-A State Runners-Up in 1999 and 2000. In 2005, the Varsity football team won the 16-A district championship.
The Valley View Area Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1997. There are two restaurants in Valley View: Big Fatty's On the Square (barbecue and eclectic food), and a Dairy Queen franchise. The major businesses in town are a trucking company hub and the Martindale Feed Mill, both owned by Alan Ritchey, Inc. First State Bank of Gainesville has a branch near Interstate 35. A motel was opened in early 2008.
Six churches are within the city limits of Valley View: First Baptist Church (Southern Baptist), Church of Christ (churches of Christ), Cornerstone Baptist Church (Southern Baptist), St. John's Catholic Church (Roman Catholic), Methodist Church (United Methodist), and Christian Gathering (independent Pentecostal).
The town has a chapter of Keep Texas Beautiful. Keep Valley View Beautiful was named first-place winner in the 2006 Governor's Community Achievement Awards and received $60,000. The money is earmarked for renovations to the downtown square.