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Kilgore, Texas

Kilgore is surrounded by the pine forests and clear blue skies of East Texas about 120 miles east of Dallas. In 1930, this quiet farming town was thrust into the world limelight by the discovery of a huge oil field; over 1,200 oil wells were once pumping within the city limits and some are still producing. More than 24 restored steel derricks are nostalgic reminders of early boom days, and are now decorated during Christmas.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

East Texas Oil Museum

Every aspect of the oil boom days of the 1930

Kilgore, TX Museums

Rangerette Showcase

Films and displays of props, costumes, uniforms, awards and mementos of Kilgore College's world-famous precision drill and dance team, known for its trademark "high kick" routine. The first of its kind, the Rangerettes were formed in 1940

Kilgore, TX Museums

World's Richest Acre Park

On part of one downtown block, actually about 1.2 acres, once stood greatest concentration of oil wells in the world producing more than 2.5 million barrels of oil. All but one of original derricks were dismantled in early 1960s. The original derrick and 26

Kilgore, TX Parks

Roy H. Laird Country Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1

Kilgore, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Kilgore, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

This 16,550-seat outdoor performing arts center, surrounded by lush, green forest, hosts some of Texas' best live performance...

Scenic Drives

Excellent forest scenery along highways in all directions. Stands of Virginia shortleaf pine are seen south of Hemphill at co...

Mission Se-ora de los Dolores de los Ais

Also known as Dolores Mission, was established 1716 by the Domingo Ramon expedition. Abandoned due to French invasion in 1719...

Jones State Forest

A 1,725 acres pine and hardwood forest. Five miles southwest via I-45 and F.M. 1488. Birdwatcher's haven with more than 150 s...