Kilgore, TX


My goodness. If you were going to write home and tell the family you’d struck oil, this would be the post office where you mailed that letter. In 1930, Kilgore was on the verge of extinction when Columbus M. “Dad” Joiner hit a gusher. At one point, more than 1,000 wooden oil derricks lined the streets, and the town’s population boomed from 500 to 12,000. By 1940, the majority of the oil was played out, but that was the year Kilgore College introduced the Rangerettes, so all was not lost.


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