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

The Kilgore I&GN-Missouri Pacific Railroad Station

 
 
The Kilgore I&GN-Missouri Pacific Railroad Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 31, 2019
1. The Kilgore I&GN-Missouri Pacific Railroad Station Marker
Inscription.  The town of Kilgore was platted by the International Railroad Company after it purchased land for a townsite from C. B. "Buck" Kilgore, who had donated a 200-foot railroad right-of-way in 1871. Kilgore, a resident of Danville (4 mi. E), recognizing the economic opportunities afforded by the railroad, soon built a new home near the station. Many other Danville citizens followed Kilgore's lead, and a community was established and named for him.

This railroad station was completed in 1872 to provide passenger and freight service and to serve as a communications center for this agricultural and lumbering area. In 1931 oil was discovered in what became known as the East Texas Oil field, and the volume of shipments from the Kilgore station increased dramatically. Later, World War II provided the depot with a steady stream of troop trains.

The rail line became known as the Missouri Pacific in 1956. As automobile, bus, and air travel became more popular, rail traffic decreased, and in 1977 the Kilgore station was closed. The depot stands today as a reminder of the significant role rail transportation played in the growth and development

The Kilgore I&GN-Missouri Pacific Railroad Station & Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 31, 2019
2. The Kilgore I&GN-Missouri Pacific Railroad Station & Marker.
of Kilgore and East Texas.
 
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9969.)
 
Location. 32° 23.256′ N, 94° 52.555′ W. Marker is in Kilgore, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of North Commerce Street and East North Street, on the left when traveling north on North Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Commerce 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. Drilling Completed, 1940 (within shouting distance of this marker); Removal (within shouting distance of this marker); Before 1937 Drilling Began (within shouting distance of this marker); During Drilling (within shouting distance of this marker); World's Richest Acre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lou Della Crim Home (about 400 feet away); Kilgore National Bank Building (about 700 feet away); Site of Alexander Institute (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kilgore.
 
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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 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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