Kilgore, Texas Visitor Information
Oil Capital of Texas
Strike it Rich in Kilgore
Surrounded by the pine forest and clear blue lakes of East Texas about 120 miles east of Dallas and a short three and a half hour drive from Houston is Kilgore, Texas. In 1930, this quiet farming community was propelled into world prominence by the discovery of one of the greatest oil fields of our time. As people swarmed Kilgore form every direction, the town quickly became known as the "Capital of the Texas Oil Field."
|East Texas Oil Museum|
In sharp contrast to the thriving boomtown of the 1930s, the Kilgore of today is a vibrant city that blends its rich oil field heritage with a variety of fascinating attractions and events. Classic Shakespearean theatre, the Kilgore College Rangerettes, the East Texas Oil Museum and the steel oil derricks at the World's Richest Acre Park appeal to visitors of all ages.
A visit to Kilgore may not get you a brand new oil well, but we promise fun for the whole family. Grab your hardhat and find out what the oil pioneers of long ago discovered… You will strike it rich with a visit to Kilgore.