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Proud of East Texas: Kilgore Christmas Derricks


The City of Kilgore celebrates Christmas and its oil heritage by lighting the stars on top of its huge oil derricks during the Christmas season. 

After the discovery of oil in 1930, derricks were so thick in the city that workers could step from one to another without setting foot on the ground. But time took its toll and the derricks were dismantled. 

They lay discarded for decades until 1986, when the city decided to reconstruct the derricks. Families and businesses paid for their erection and now 75 derricks, topped with lighted stars, celebrate both Christmas and East Texas's colorful oil history.

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