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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

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

East Texas Oil Museum

Every aspect of the oil boom days of the 1930

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

Old North Church

Believed to be oldest union church in Texas; several denominations worshiped here. First was Baptist service held under a tre...

Beaver Brook Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

East Texas Discovery Well

In 1927, Columbus M. "Dad" Joiner believed there was oil in Rusk County. Joiner and an Oklahoma attorney and oil promoter had...

Stairway to Texas' Stars

Features an extensive exhibit of law enforcement memorabilia from around the world. Badges, uniforms, and more from law enfor...

Rusk/Palestine State Park

Each of the two units of the park offers outdoor fun and recreation, such as camping, hiking, picnicking, and pedal boating, ...