East Texas Oil Museum

East Texas Oil Museum East Texas Oil Museum Your East Texas Oil Museum tour begins with a short introductory film. Explore our Lobby area exhibits prior to moving into our front traditional exhibit showcase, which includes a 1930 AA Ford truck and a 1929 Model A Roadster.
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Next on your tour is our Special Exhibit Hall features a rotating exhibit. Please check our events to see what is currently on display. The wooden door at the end of the hallway is our time-warp that will transport your back to the 1930s to our life-size recreation of an East Texas town booming in oil. Two things not to miss in Boomtown are the Elevator Ride to the Center of the Earth, which explains the geology of the East Texas Oil Field as well as the Boomtown Theater that shows a 20 minute movie with historical footage of the Boom. We hope to see you soon to share our community's history.

Next on your tour is our Special Exhibit Hall features a rotating exhibit. Please check our events to see what is currently on display. The wooden door at the end of the hallway is our time-warp that will transport your back to the 1930s to our life-size recreation of an East Texas town booming in oil. Two things not to miss in Boomtown are the Elevator Ride to the Center of the Earth, which explains the geology of the East Texas Oil Field as well as the Boomtown Theater that shows a 20 minute movie with historical footage of the Boom. We hope to see you soon to share our community's history.

Operating as usual

Seeking unique gifts? Look no further than our gift shop. This holiday season, shop online with us this Museum Shop Sund...
11/28/2020

Seeking unique gifts? Look no further than our gift shop.

This holiday season, shop online with us this Museum Shop Sunday.

Find your special present at https://easttexasoilmuseum.shopsettings.com/

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The Museum will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10:00 a.m. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
11/27/2020

The Museum will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10:00 a.m. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

As we head into the holiday season, please consider shopping at the museum. We are closed for the Thanksgiving week, but...
11/23/2020

As we head into the holiday season, please consider shopping at the museum. We are closed for the Thanksgiving week, but we are open online.

https://easttexasoilmuseum.shopsettings.com/?sort=priceDesc

With that, we are again restocked with the East Texas Oil Museum Derrick pens from Texas Turning of Kilgore, Texas.

These are limited edition pens are made from the wood of our beloved Oil Derrick that was, unfortunately, storm damaged to the point that it had to be removed.

These pens were created from wood that once helped to support the star at the very top of the derrick some 80+ feet up.

Own a piece of this landmark and see other pens created from Kilgore landmarks such as Kilgore Library, Texan Theater, and Kilgore City Pool.

These cute Christmas creations are available in our gift shop.  Each is handcrafted by The Felted Cactus, one of our "Cr...
11/21/2020

These cute Christmas creations are available in our gift shop. Each is handcrafted by The Felted Cactus, one of our "Created in Texas" artists.

The museum is closed this coming week, but the gift shop is always open online at https://easttexasoilmuseum.shopsettings.com/. Shipping or pick up options available at checkout.

Holiday Hours:Closed for Kilgore College Thanksgiving Break: November 22 – December 1 Closed Kilgore College Winter Brea...
11/14/2020

Holiday Hours:
Closed for Kilgore College Thanksgiving Break: November 22 – December 1
Closed Kilgore College Winter Break: December 13 – January 5.

East Texas Oil Museum's cover photo
11/14/2020

East Texas Oil Museum's cover photo

UPDATE:  Restocked!!We are excited to share with you these limited edition pens that the Museum commissioned Texas Turni...
11/13/2020

UPDATE: Restocked!!

We are excited to share with you these limited edition pens that the Museum commissioned Texas Turning of Kilgore to make from the wood of our beloved Oil Derrick that was, unfortunately, storm damaged to the point that it had to be removed.

These pens were created from wood that once helped to support the star at the very top of the derrick some 80+ feet up.

Own a piece of this landmark and see other pens created from Kilgore landmarks such as Kilgore Library, Texan Theater, and Kilgore City Pool.

https://easttexasoilmuseum.shopsettings.com/Texas-Turning-Kilgore-Texas-c64071153?sort=priceDesc

On this day, we wish to honor those who are currently serving, those who have served in the past, and those who gave the...
11/11/2020

On this day, we wish to honor those who are currently serving, those who have served in the past, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service!

We are excited to bring this special exhibit to East Texas.  Thank you JJ Maldonado for coming to visit with us about th...
11/06/2020
Civil rights leaders, movement featured in exhibit at East Texas Oil Museum

We are excited to bring this special exhibit to East Texas. Thank you JJ Maldonado for coming to visit with us about the limited-time exhibit.

This exhibit is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas.

“The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement,” runs through Dec. 12.

11/05/2020

We are excited that the museum and the World's Richest Acre will be featured on The Texas Bucket List this weekend.

A special thank you to the Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation and Mayor Ronnie Spradlin. We are happy to partner with you for this Kilgore episode.

The Kilgore episode will air this weekend locally on The CW Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday on KYTX at 6:30am. You can also catch The Texas Bucket List on affiliates across the state of Texas.

Thank you Michael Cavazos for helping us spread the word about the new special exhibit "The Road to the Promised Land: M...
11/05/2020
Civil rights exhibit lands at East Texas Oil Museum

Thank you Michael Cavazos for helping us spread the word about the new special exhibit "The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement".

Open now through December 12.

KILGORE — Visitors to the East Texas Oil Museum seeking to learn about the beginnings of the area’s energy industry now have the opportunity to also find out about the

We are excited to share with you this limited edition pen the Museum commissioned Texas Turning of Kilgore to make from ...
10/27/2020

We are excited to share with you this limited edition pen the Museum commissioned Texas Turning of Kilgore to make from the wood of our beloved Oil Derrick that was, unfortunately, storm damaged to the point that it had to be removed.

Own a piece of this landmark and see other pens created from Kilgore landmarks such as Kilgore Library, Texan Theater, and Kilgore Pool.

https://easttexasoilmuseum.shopsettings.com/search?keyword=pen

Come celebrate with us! The exhibit celebrating our 40th Anniversary runs through Saturday, 10/24/2020. Bonus: It's our ...
10/22/2020

Come celebrate with us! The exhibit celebrating our 40th Anniversary runs through Saturday, 10/24/2020.

Bonus: It's our anniversary, but you get the gift! We are offering a special surprise this Friday and Saturday, while supplies last.

Today, we celebrate 40 years since we opened the doors to the museum to share the story of the East Texas Oilfield. Than...
10/03/2020

Today, we celebrate 40 years since we opened the doors to the museum to share the story of the East Texas Oilfield.

Thank you to all who worked to make us a reality.

Today, October 3rd, we celebrate 90 years since the Daisy Bradford No. 3 came in. Thank you to those who have made today...
10/03/2020

Today, October 3rd, we celebrate 90 years since the Daisy Bradford No. 3 came in.

Thank you to those who have made today a monumental day in East Texas history.

@thetexasbucketlist thank you for stopping by today! Y’all are welcome back anytime. We can hardly wait to see the Kilgo...
09/30/2020

@thetexasbucketlist thank you for stopping by today! Y’all are welcome back anytime.

We can hardly wait to see the Kilgore segment to air in late October.

#happy40etom
#visitkilgore #kilgoretx #etx #exploremore

Thank you to Traveling With Marilyn for your article in the September/October Escapees Magazine.  "The museum is a great...
09/25/2020

Thank you to Traveling With Marilyn for your article in the September/October Escapees Magazine.

"The museum is a great history lesson about how the discovery of oil changed East Texas. It's as much about the people as it is about the oil."

We wholeheartedly agree.

#happy40etom

Another view of the 10th Anniversary  Kilgore Oil Carnival souvenir book. Love the Southwestern Gas and Electric Reddy K...
09/20/2020

Another view of the 10th Anniversary Kilgore Oil Carnival souvenir book.

Love the Southwestern Gas and Electric Reddy Kilowatt advertisement.

#happy40etom

#reddykilowatt #1940s #easttexas #visitkilgore #etx

09/17/2020

Today, we are highlighting a key figure in the story of the discovery of the East Texas Oilfield.

This is Daisy Miller Bradford. She owed the farm where the first well in the field came in on October 3, 1930.

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For this week our 40th Anniversary Celebration 🎉 surprise is a complimentary Coca-Cola glass for each guest touring the ...
09/16/2020

For this week our 40th Anniversary Celebration 🎉 surprise is a complimentary Coca-Cola glass for each guest touring the museum from (9/16-9/19) or while supplies last!!

Hope to see you soon!

#happy40ETOM

Thank you to Kilgore News Herald for helping us to celebrate the 40th anniversary. The anniversary exhibit is on display...
09/12/2020
BOOMTOWN REVISITED | Oil Museum celebrating 40th anniversary

Thank you to Kilgore News Herald for helping us to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

The anniversary exhibit is on display until October 24.

#happy40etom

Lordy, lordy, look who’s 40: it’s the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College, believe it or not.

Thank you to Arthur Clayborn of KLTV for your story on not only about the East Texas Oilfield history, but also our crea...
09/11/2020
East Texas Oil Museum to celebrate 40th anniversary beginning Saturday

Thank you to Arthur Clayborn of KLTV for your story on not only about the East Texas Oilfield history, but also our creation.

We are excited to celebrate our 40th anniversary!
#happy40etom

The celebration will include the launch of a special anniversary exhibit that will run through Oct. 24.

Thank you to KETK NBC for coming out on Saturday to help us kick off the 40th Anniversary Celebration with the opening o...
09/10/2020
Kilgore East Texas Oil Museum celebrates 40th anniversary

Thank you to KETK NBC for coming out on Saturday to help us kick off the 40th Anniversary Celebration with the opening of the limited time exhibit about the creation of the museum.

https://www.easttexasmatters.com/news/local-news/kilgore-east-texas-oil-museum-celebrates-40th-anniversary/

#happy40etom

KILGORE, Texas (KETK) – The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College hosted its 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday. The museum set up a limited exhibit depicting the history of the Grea…

This morning we were excited to see Mr. Joe, a museum Docent for over 9 years.   It has been 6 months since Mr. Joe has ...
09/05/2020

This morning we were excited to see Mr. Joe, a museum Docent for over 9 years. It has been 6 months since Mr. Joe has been able to come in.

He is one of the first folks to enjoy the current exhibit Celebrating our 40th Anniversary.

We hope you will come celebrate with us as well.

#happy40etom

East Texas Oil Museum
09/04/2020

East Texas Oil Museum

Thank you to Arthur Clayborn from KLTV for visiting with us about the museum’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, kicking off...
09/04/2020

Thank you to Arthur Clayborn from KLTV for visiting with us about the museum’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, kicking off tomorrow with an exhibit about the origins of the oilfield and the museum.

The exhibit runs through October 24.

#happy40etom

We are excited to kick off our 40th Anniversary Celebration with an exhibit tomorrow, which runs through October 24.If y...
09/04/2020
East Texas Oil Museum at KC celebrating 40th anniversary

We are excited to kick off our 40th Anniversary Celebration with an exhibit tomorrow, which runs through October 24.

If you have never visited, we invite you to take a trip back in time to East Texas in the 1930s during the oil boom. For those who have already visited, we invite you to return and experience the recent renovations.

Hope to see you soon.

https://www.kilgore.edu/article/east-texas-oil-museum-at-kc-celebrating-40th-anniversary

#happy40etom

The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a limited exhibit depicting the history of the Great East Texas Oil Field and the inception of the museum in 1980. “We’re thrilled to be celebrating 40 years since we opened our doors,” said Olivia Moore, ETO...

Canceled:We hope to see you at the event.  Prior registration is required.The 11th Annual East Texas Energy Symposium wi...
08/21/2020
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Canceled:

We hope to see you at the event. Prior registration is required.

The 11th Annual East Texas Energy Symposium will be held on National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day, 8/27/2020, at Dodson Auditorium at Kilgore College from 9:30-Noon. Speakers discussing “Next Generation Facture Performance Technologies” will include Sendhendu Kashikar, Chief Executive Officer of Reveal Energy Services; Tim Greene, Business Development Manager for Deep Imaging Technologies; and Dr. Mahdi Haddad, Postdoctoral Fellow for the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Due to COVID-19, the event is FREE this year, but donations are encouraged for any amount deemed appropriate. All donations will fund current and future programming at the East Texas Oil Museum. Your donation will help the ETOM to continue its mission of “Telling the Story…Preserving the History.”

Donations can be made in-person or on-line at
https://dashboard.dipjar.com/dipjaranywhere/HPalx559v

Face coverings and social distancing will be required throughout the event. Seats will be assigned during check-in. Prior registration is required.

On behalf of the East Texas Oil Museum, TC Technologies and our sponsors, we hope to see you soon.

Due to COVID-19, the event is FREE this year, but donations are encouraged for any amount deemed appropriate. All donations will fund current and future programming at the East Texas Oil Museum. Your donation will help the ETOM to continue its mission of “Telling the Story…Preserving the History...

The 11th Annual East Texas Energy Symposium will be held on National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day, 8/27/2020, at Dodson Au...
08/15/2020
11th Annual East Texas Energy Symposium

The 11th Annual East Texas Energy Symposium will be held on National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day, 8/27/2020, at Dodson Auditorium at Kilgore College from 9:30-Noon. Speakers discussing “Next Generation Facture Performance Technologies” will include Sendhendu Kashikar, Chief Executive Officer of Reveal Energy Services; Tim Greene, Business Development Manager for Deep Imaging Technologies; and Dr. Mahdi Haddad, Postdoctoral Fellow for the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Due to COVID-19, the event is FREE this year, but donations are encouraged for any amount deemed appropriate. All donations will fund current and future programming at the East Texas Oil Museum. Your donation will help the ETOM to continue its mission of “Telling the Story…Preserving the History.”

Donations can be made in-person or on-line at

https://dashboard.dipjar.com/dipjaranywhere/HPalx559v

Face coverings and social distancing will be required throughout the event. Seats will be assigned during check-in. Prior registration is required.

On behalf of the East Texas Oil Museum, TC Technologies and our sponsors, we hope to see you soon.

The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College will host the eleventh annual East Texas Energy Symposium (National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day) on Thursday, Aug. 27, featuring three speakers.Speakers will include Sendhendu Kashikar, Chief Executive Officer of Reveal Energy Services; Tim Greene, Busines...

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Friday 10:00 - 17:00
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A Brief History of the East Texas Oil Field The easy-going rural life of East Texas changed drastically with the discovery of oil during 1930 and 1931, when hardship, scorn, luck, and wealth brought people, ideas, institutions and national attention to East Texas. Columbus Marion “Dad” Joiner, a seventy-year-old wildcatter, had already drilled two dry holes when in May 1929, he spudded a third hole on the Daisy Bradford farm in Rusk County. But it was not until October 3, 1930, that a production test was done that resulted in a gusher. Oil fever began to mount with a test by Bateman Oil Company on the Lou Della Crim farm. On Sunday morning, December 28, 1930, while Mrs. Crim was attending church, the well came in, flowing 22,000 barrels a day. This well was only nine miles from Joiner’s well, yet no one believed there was any connection between the two. No one reckoned for what was then a geological phenomenon: an incredible deposit of oil in the Woodbine formation that “pinched out” as it tilted upward against the Sabine Uplift. The initial “boom” was completed on January 26, 1931, when J.K. Lathrop in Gregg County came in at 3,587 feet, producing 18,000 barrels a day. The well was situated on land assembled by B.A. Skipper of Longview and taken over by the Arkansas Fuel Oil Company. Drilling increased rapidly from seven wells every two weeks to seven wells a day and then to one hundred a day and more. The first oil produced sold for $1.10 a barrel, but the price dropped to 15 cents as supply flooded the market. Drilling activity spread to Upshur, Smith and Cherokee Counties. Production was more than a million barrels a day. In August of 1931, National Guardsmen were ordered into the area to keep peace between roughnecks, lease hounds, oil speculators and camp followers. These actions finally culminated in legislative action: a market demand law, confiscation law, truck tender law, the refinery control and felony bill, and the Connolly Hot Oil Act of 1935, which restored order and stability. The East Texas Oil Field has produced 6 billion barrels of oil, some of which gave the Allies the petroleum reserve stability needed to win World War II. The resulting wealth has produced new towns, new ways of living, and livelihoods for thousands of East Texas citizens. And the wells are still pumping. Welcome to the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. This fascinating museum houses an authentic recreation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s in the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Here are the people, their towns, their personal habits, their tools and their pastimes, all colorfully depicted in dioramas, movies, sound presentations and actual antiques donated by East Texas citizens. Inside the lobby, see how tall you stand beside the Texas-size, hand painted murals of early oil production and portraits of famous oil men. Journey back into the early 1930s to see how people lived. Refresh your memory with the lyrics of a good gospel hymn in the Church exhibit. Get a lesson on the history of the schools, and wonder how that antique car in the Transportation exhibit ever got anywhere on those rough, rutted roads. Then step across the city limits into Boomtown, USA, a full-scale town of stores, people, animals, and machinery depicting the lively activity of a town booming in oil. Stop in at the General Store and browse over the shelves. Take the children to the Drugstore and watch Mom and Pop dance to vintage 1930 big bands on the jukebox. Don’t get your feet dirty in those rutted streets walking to the Newspaper Office for a Boomtown paper. As you pass the Barbershop, listen carefully for news of a new gusher. Pump your own gas outside the Gas Station. Be sure to go inside and see the video on drilling an oil well. Remember afternoons at the movies? A visit to the Theater brings back actual historical footage of the boom period, while you feel a blowout gusher. Your visit is not complete without a trip to Boomtown’s Museum. Study the geological exhibits and take the Elevator Ride to The Center of The Earth. Let your guides take you 3,800 feet below the surface of the earth to where the oil deposits lie. It’s fun and informative.

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This was on a group page I'm a member of. 😁
Are you open today? It is Feb.9.
When will the website be available? I would like to place an order from the gift shop.
The purpose of this email is to apply for the Assistant position. I have a M.A. in American history and I am a member of the Western History Association and I have been a Certified Interpretive Guide. In addition, I am an excellent historical researcher and public speaker. Would love o move west, I have family in the Houston area and would like to be closer to them. I can be contacted at email [email protected] or phone 219-844-8163. I am happy to provide resumes upon request. Would have contacted you directly but, my computer indicated the web site was not secure. Until later, have a great day.
Had a great time today at the museum. My grandbabies really enjoyed it.