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Kilgore in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

"Oil City of the World" Kilgore

 
 
"Oil City of the World" Kilgore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 31, 2019
1. "Oil City of the World" Kilgore Marker
Inscription.  Founded 1872 with coming of the I.G.N. Railroad. Named for site donor, a Confederate colonel, Constantine B. Kilgore, State Senator and U. S. Congressman.

Geographical center of huge East Texas oil field. World's greatest concentration of steel derricks. Petroleum production, service, supply, processing hub.

Commercial, industrial, farm, education and medical center.

Home of Kilgore College and its famous "Rangerettes", women's precision drill team; and of Van Cliburn, international concert pianist.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9967.)
 
Location. 32° 23.451′ N, 94° 51.908′ W. Marker is in Kilgore, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is on North Kilgore Street near North Henderson Boulevard (Business U.S. 259), on the right when traveling east. Located in traffic triangle. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: North Kilgore Street, Kilgore TX 75662, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kilgore High School (approx. half a mile away); Site of Alexander Institute (approx. 0.6

"Oil City of the World" Kilgore Marker near oil derrick. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 31, 2019
2. "Oil City of the World" Kilgore Marker near oil derrick.
miles away); The Kilgore I&GN-Missouri Pacific Railroad Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); Removal (approx. 0.7 miles away); Drilling Completed, 1940 (approx. 0.7 miles away); During Drilling (approx. 0.7 miles away); Before 1937 Drilling Began (approx. 0.7 miles away); World's Richest Acre (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kilgore.
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association on Kilgore, Texas history. (Submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Wide view of markers and oil derrick looking northerly. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 31, 2019
3. Wide view of markers and oil derrick looking northerly.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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