Garden Valley, Texas

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Garden Valley, Texas
Garden Valley is located in Texas
Garden Valley
Garden Valley
Coordinates: 32°31′34″N 95°32′33″W / 32.52611°N 95.54250°W / 32.52611; -95.54250Coordinates: 32°31′34″N 95°32′33″W / 32.52611°N 95.54250°W / 32.52611; -95.54250
CountryUnited States
591 ft (180 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)430 & 903
GNIS feature ID2034667[1]

Garden Valley is a crossroads community in Smith County about 7 miles west of Lindale, Texas.[2][1] It is 79 miles east of Dallas.

Historically, prior to the formation of nearby town of Van (6 miles west of Garden Valley) in the late 1920s, when oil was discovered there, Garden Valley was a town with a post office, stage coach station, and hotel.[3] Today, only one stop sign is in the community's center, with no businesses or public buildings. The city had a population of 150 people in 2000.

Garden Valley is headquarters of Christian ministries Mercy Ships,[4] Youth With A Mission Tyler [5][6] and JAMA Global.[7] It was also the home of Last Days Ministries, the ministry of the late Christian singer Keith Green; Green (along with two of his small children, who died in a plane crash) is interred in the Garden Valley Cemetery behind the local Baptist church.


  1. ^ a b "Garden Valley, Texas". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ Smith County Historical Society, Historical Atlas of Smith County (Tyler, Texas: Tyler Print Shop, 1965)
  3. ^ "TSHA | Garden Valley, TX".
  4. ^ "Mercy Ships". Mercy Ships. 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "YWAM Tyler Location". YWAM. 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "YWAM Tyler About". YWAM Tyler. 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "JAMA Global". Retrieved December 22, 2018.