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10/4/05-Kilgore

"Diamond And Silver" Anniversaries Celebrated In Kilgore

Diamonds and Silver-- the 75th Anniversary of the East Texas Oil Field and the 25th Anniversary of the East Texas Oil Museum both were celebrated on Monday as two important milestones in East Texas history.

The discovery of the East Texas Oil Field in 1930 and the opening of the East Texas Oil Museum in 1980 both happened on October the Third, fifty years apart. Today, in Kilgore the month-long Oil Discovery Jubilee reached its pinnacle with a large ceremony, oil field displays, and a barbecue lunch on the grounds of Kilgore College.  The ceremony featured speeches from former U.S. Congressman Kent Hance and Hometown Hero, Van Cliburn

More than two-dozen celebration events have celebrated 75 years to the day that the first of 32,000 oil wells--the Daisy Bradford #3 discovery well--came in.



 

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